William Atkinson's hand-drawn design for a 'Bedside table' is held in the Scone Palace Family Archive.
The bedroom-apartment night-table, designed in the French marriage chest fashion, is ribbon-inlaid in black in harmony with various early nineteenth century fashions such as the Louis Quatorze, Grecian and Elizabethan. Its robust architecture reflects the handsome baronial antique gothic fashion adopted by William Atkinson (d.1839).
Atkinson contributed designs to the London and Liverpool cabinet-maker George Bullock (d.1818), whose 'British Oak' furnishings in his 'tasteful repository' in London's Tenterden Street was lauded in Rudolph Ackermann's, Repository of Arts, 1816. Some of this furniture, such as furnished Napoleon's residence on St. Helena and displaying beautifully polished and variegated oak tablets framed in Grecian black ribbon inlay, was to feature in Christie's 1819 sale of stock on Bullock's premises (3 May 1819). George Bullock used ebony line-inlay in a similar fashion to that seen on this table and on lots 401, 402, 403, 404 and 405.