This writing-table, with its golden bronze and wood enrichments, is designed in the early 19th century 'antique' or Grecian style after the French manner introduced by the connoisseur Thomas Hope's Household Furniture and Interior Decoration, 1807. A similarly inspired writing or sofa table, with bronzed monopodiae and galleried top, was supplied around 1810 to Southill Park, Bedfordshire (M. Jourdain, Regency Furniture, London, 1948, p. 124, fig. 130). Although the author of the Southill table is not documeneted, the Royal cabinet-makers Nicholas Morel and his partner Robert Hughes, as well as Messrs. Marsh and Tatham are known to have worked there.
Interestingly, the same distinctive palmette mounts to the frieze featured on the similar writing-table supplied to Peter, 5th Earl Cowper (d.1836) for Panshanger, Hertfordshire and sold by his descendant, Mrs. Julian Salmond in these Rooms, 16 November 1995, lot 29.
Frustratingly little is known of the late Wilfred Evill, other than as an ardent supporter both of Brighton Pavilion Furniture and of the Prince Regents taste. His distinguished collection collection of Regency furniture was sold at Sotheby's London, 12 July 1963.