Ovid's Metamorphoses and Apollo's Triumph is recalled by the elliptical table's golden-veneered top, depicting beribboned laurel 'baguettes' that festoon a sunflowered medallion, derived from the Apollo ceiling illustrated in Robert Wood's, Ruins of the Temple at Palmyra, 1753. The frame is similarly swagged and wreathed round 'sunflower' medallions, and supported on herm-tapered legs.
The feature of laurels festooned through medallions also appears on a dressing-table possibly by Thomas Chippendale (d. 1779) and reputedly commissioned by George, Prince of Wales, later George IV (sold by the Executors and Trustees of the residue funds of the 6th Marquess of Bute, in these Rooms, 3 July 1996, lot 20). Related marquetry also features on a pair of pier tables supplied by Chippendale about 1778 for Denton Hall, Yorkshire (C. Gilbert, The Life and Work of Thomas Chippendale, London, 1978, fig. 500, p. 287).
A related husk and patera-festooned side table was offered anonymously, in these Rooms, 19 November 1992, lot 85.