This library sofa-table is designed in Atkinson's British or 'Elizabethan' style, with its Grecian-scrolled and plinth-supported pilasters fretted in the gothic manner (see Thomas King's, The Modern Style of Cabinet Work Exemplified, 1829). 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). The present single arch trestle pattern was also adopted for Bullock's contemporary ebony-inlaid sofa-table supplied for Battle Abbey, Sussex, and is likely to have been veneered from ancient Scott of Buccleuch stag-headed oak, acquired by Bullock in 1812. (C. Wainwright et al, George Bullock, London, 1988, no.14). Buccleuch oak is also likely to have been introduced on another of Bullock's tables, (which remains at Scone Palace) acquired by the Earl of Mansfield and discussed by Anthony Coleridge in The Work of George Bullock cabinet-maker, in Scotland : 2, Connoisseur, May 1965, p.4, fig. 11. This table can be seen illustrated in the centre of J.Gibb's painting of the Long Gallery circa 1827 (see opposite). A further table of similar design also with a veneered top can be seen hiiden behind the first table.