The garlanded and richly fretted console, with flowered and scalloped cartouche, is designed in the picturesque fashion popularised by engraved table patterns invented by the sculptor Nicholas Pineau (d.1754) and published in Mariette's 'L'Architecture Française', 1727-38. In particular it relates to a table exhibited in the 19th Century in the 'Cabinet Louis XV' at Versailles.
The design represents an earlier version of a model designed by the architect, Pierre Contant d'Ivry (1698-1777), for the Drawing Room of the Palais-Royal as part of the refurbishment carried out for the Duc d'Orleans. While Contant's design is stiffer and more symmetrical, it employs the same overall form and proportion as this table (B. Pallot, The Art of the Chair in Eighteenth-Century France, 1989, pp. 153, 156-157). Pallot (op. cit., pp. 154-155) illustrates two very similar tables, one sold Christie's London, 4 December 1986, lot 96 and another sold Sotheby's New York, 1 November 1986, lot 64. A further table of this type was sold at Christie's Monaco, 19 June 1988, lot 109.