With its distinctive decoration incorporating birds, sunflowers, geometric elements and other floral motifs, this table is a tour de force of Aesthetic movement furniture. The central inlaid panel in the top bears a close resemblance to the inlay that ornaments a set of reception chairs commissioned in 1874 for the Hartford, Connecticut residence of James Goodwin (see Katherine S. Howe, et. al., Herter Brothers, Furniture and Interiors for a Gilded Age (New York, 1994), pp. 170-171, cat. no. 21.)
This table is very similar in form to a table by Herter Brothers, sold Christie's New York, June, 1998, lot 173. Both tables reflect the growing interest in Oriental influences, shown here in the bamboo motifs in the central panel on the top and the use of a Chinese fretwork H-stretcher. The principle design source for this table is likely that for a series of furniture patterns drawn by E.W. Goodwin and illustrated in Elizabeth Aslin, E.W. Godwin Furniture and Interior Decoration (London, 1970), p. 7, fig. 5.