This type of four nested tables named 'Quartetto Tables' were illustrated in Thomas Sheraton's The Cabinet Dictionary, 1803 (pl. 75) and described as 'a kind of small work table made to draw out of each other, and may be used separately'. Amongst Sheraton's subscribers was S. Gamble who is likely to have been the Derby cabinet-maker listed in partnership with Bridgen of Irongate Street between 1805 and 1835 (The Dictionary of English Furniture Makers 1660-1840, Leeds, 1986, p. 328).
The tables formed part of a collection of furniture commissioned for Kedleston Hall by Nathaniel, 2nd Baron Scarsdale (d. 1837) from Gamble and Bridgen, who invoiced them on May 1808 as 'A set of Quottetro [sic.] tables band'd with Satin Wood ... £14.14.6.'