This fine-figured and reed-pillared mahogany chest reflects the French or antique fashion popularised by Thomas Sheraton in The Cabinet-Maker and Upholsterer's Drawing Book, 1793. This also featured a related compass-fronted chest pattern with 'stump' feet (ibid., The Appendix, pl. XV).
Sheraton's Cabinet Dictionary, 1803, later illustrated a 'Parisian' table designed by the Marylebone cabinet-maker John McLean (C. Gilbert, Pictorial Dictionary of London Cabinet Makers, Leeds, 1996, p. 315). The pillars are capped by Egyptian striated tablets, similar to the brass tablets inserted in some of McLean's furniture at this period.