These highly unusual pier tables with their basket-work friezes borne by satyr-hoofed legs, relate to designs by Giovanni Battista Piranesi (d. 1778). Similar flexed legs appear on a design for a commode in his Diverse maniere d'adornare i cammini ed ogni altra parte degli edifizi, 1769, pl. 59, and on a design for a side table for Cardinal Rezzonico. Two executed versions of the Rezzonico design were discovered in the 1960s: one is now in the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and the other is in the Rijksmuseum (see J. Wilton-Ely, 'Nature and Antiquity: Reflections on Piranesi as a Furniture Designer', Furniture History, p. 192, fig. 2 and M.-L. d'Otrange Mastai, 'The Connoisseur in America', The Connoisseur, September 1965, p. 66).