The Grecian sofa-table, veneered in British oak and banded by an 'Elizabethan' black fillet is embellished in the Gothic fashion promoted by George, Prince of Wales, later George IV. The fashion was also promoted by the Wyatt architectural dynasty, including Jeffrey Wyatt who had trained in William Beckford's Board of Works at Fonthill Abbey. The frieze, with French-fashioned indented and cusp-arched tablets, is flowered with fretted quatrefoils at the rounded corners, while the plinth-supported and buttressed trestles are likewise fretted with cusped arches and enriched with flowered quatrefoils. This combination of classical and Gothic forms was popularised by the publication issued by the Prince of Wales's upholsterer George Smith in his Collection of Designs for Household Furniture and Interior Decoration, 1808.
The cusped arches in the sunken panels of the frieze recall those on a desk, designed by George Bullock for Sir Walter Scott's library, at Abbotsford, Roxburghshire, circa 1815 (C. Wainwright, 'Abbotsford House', Country Life, 8 June 1989, p. 265, fig. 8).