This rosewood games-table, inlaid with scrolling brass foliage, was undoiubtedly executed by Gillows of London and Lancaster. In its overall design, with scrolled 'Grecian' trestle end-supports, reeded cup balusters and acanthus-wrapped feet concealing castors, it is almost identical to that illustrated in the Gillow's Estimate Sketch Books for 28 March 1823. Executed for stock and recorded under the number 3242, it was described as being A Mahy. Backgammon Table 2ft by 1ft 8 on Pillars & Claws carved, the craftsmen Rigby and G. Romney being responsible for the carved elements.
In 1808 and 1809 Gillows supplied furniture to Thomas, 2nd Marquess of Bath (d.1837) for both Longleat and Grosvenor Square totalling £626 5s 8d. Their bill in 1819 amounted to £50 9s 10d and included 'a rosewood table desk with double elevation' of very comparable form, which was sold by the Trustees of the Longleat Chattels Settlement in these Rooms, 13 June 2002, lot 362. Further related tables include the 'handsome pillar end Writing Table with Green Leather top Gilt Border 3ft 9 by 2ft 3...' supplied by Gillows in 1822 to William, 4th Earl Fitzwilliam for Wentworth Woodhouse (sold in the Wentworth Sale in tehse Rooms, 8 July 1998, lot 83), as well as the set of four 'handsome Mahogany (actually in rosewood) Tables to place before the sofas, 2 Drawers in each, one of the Drawers of 2 of the tables (to contain a boards for Chess and one of the Drawers of the other 2 Tables to contain Back-Gammon Boards)' supplied to William, 2nd Duke of Bolton for Hackwood Park, sold by the Executors of the 2nd Viscount Camrose, Christie's house Sale, 20-22 April 1998, lots 48-50.