A mid-Victorian walnut, ebonised, marquetry and bone and mother-of-pearl inlaid bureau plat,in the manner of E.H.Baldock, the eared serpentine top centred by oval panel of vase, flowers and birds surrounded by strapwork and scroll border with birds, flowers and cherubs above similarly inlaid frieze drawers on cabriole legs, lacks sabots - 54in. (137cm) wide, 29in. (74cm) deep, 29in (74cm) high.
The use of scrolling cartouches, bold naturalistic floral and bird motifs and mother-of-pearl and bone inlay on an ebony ground is reminiscent of furniture supplied by the dealer E.H.Baldock, often with marquetry by the Blake family.
c.f. The table supplied to the 5th Duke of Buccleuch for Dalkeith Palace, sold Christies King St, 1 April 1971, lot 34, now at Temple Newson (see C.Gilbert, Furniture at Temple Newson and Lotherton Hall, 1978, Vol II, no. 395); a table of similar sinuous outline and ebony ground attributed to the Blake family offered at Sothebys Bond St, 8 November, 1991, lot 17, and Victorian bureau plat, originally from Lowther Castle, probably supplied by E.H.Baldock, sold Christies King St, 14th May 1987, lot 386.