Richly carved tables of this design were highly prized in France and Italy in the 16th century. They are among the most prominent features in contemporary interior pictures and were among the most costly elements of furniture. The elaborate trestle ends of these Renaissance tables were inspired by similar marble designs of the Antique. The tables were not only revered for their beauty, but also because they functioned as a centre around which all sorts of rituals of celebration took place, which in turn answers for their rich ornament. The tables, by then known as tables en éventail or tables en portique, were even celebrated to a point that their merit in beauty and function was subject for a poem of praise, written by Gilles Corrozet (1510-1568) around 1557.
Whereas the French designs for these tables are slightly more complicated and elaborate, their Italian counterparts are slightly more sober and less figural.