Grecian-fretted tablets, celebrating lyric poetry, and flowered trellis evoking Rome's Temple of Venus, provide appropriate ornament for this tambour-fronted table (table de chevet) conceived in the late 1770's for a Louis XVI bedroom apartment (salle de réception). In keeping with its pastoral beribboned trophy of palm-and-laurel flowered musical instruments, the compartment-concealing tambour presents a tablette of writing-equipment laid beside books and flowers in a fashion reflecting Chinese influence. While the latter trompe l'oeil vignette reflects a speciality of marqueteurs such as Charles Topino (elected mâitre ébéniste 1773, d. 1803). The table was most likely originally executed by Roger Vandercruse dit La Croix (elected mâitre ébéniste 1755, d.1799) on account of its similarity to one bearing his RVLC brand (C. Roinet, Roger Vandercruse dit La Croix, Paris, 2000, fig. 24).
In England, such tables became an important element of the fashionable salle de reception or boudoir in the court surrounding George, Prince Regent (later George IV). Among the court was William Lowther, 2nd Earl of Lonsdale (d. 1872), who was one of the leading patrons of the celebrated Hanway Street dealer/marchand-mercier, Edward Holmes Baldock (d. 1845), whose brand appears on this table.