Jamaican furniture of the Regency and early Victorian period is renowned for pieces made by the Kingston cabinet-maker Ralph Turnbull who at the time advertised 'brass fittings and accessories made in London and available for use on fancy furniture for ladies and gentlemen who are desirous of finishing or beautifying their drawing rooms in the English taste' (P. Carson, 'Jamaican Regency Furniture 1815-1840', The Jamaican, December 1999, pp. 74-75). Jamaican furniture, although sometimes more restrained than its English prototypes, often used a wide variety of specimen woods, as in the present piece. O. & J. Da Silva of Harbour Street, Kingston, advertised an octagonal 'loo' table inlaid with thirty-two pieces of various Jamaica woods (ibid., p. 75).