This library table is likely to have been commissioned by Thomas, 2nd Marquess of Bath following his inheritance of Longleat in 1796. The table, which probably accompanied a Grecian sofa, is designed in the antique manner popularised by furniture engravings issued by Thomas Sheraton (d. 1806) around 1800. The frieze is inlaid with Grecian-black ribbons in tablet compartments with Grecian-fretted ends, while the truss-fretted trestles are supported on Grecian-scrolled 'claws'. A related 'Sofa Table' featured in Sheraton's Cabinet Dictionary, 1803 (pl. 76) and his Dictionary also helped popularise the use of handles formed as ring-tamed lions, which evoked the role of Bacchus in civilising the Ancients.