Lord Rupert Nevill, J.P. D.L., was Private Secretary to H.R.H. the Duke of Edinburgh from 1976 to 1982.
The table is designed in the George I 'Roman' fashion with a 'Venus' shell displayed on its lambrequined and palm-wrapped frieze. It is likely to have originally had a gessoed top and accompanied a mirror to comprise a bedroom apartment pier-set such as that supplied by the St. Paul's Churchyard cabinet-maker John Belchier (d.1753) in 1723 for Erddig, Wales (R. Edwards and M. Jourdain, Georgian Cabinet-Makers, London, rev. ed., 1955, p.137, fig 31; and The National Trust, Erddig, London, 1999, pp.48-50). A related golden topped table, with shell-enriched lambrequin, is likely to have formed part of the furnishings introduced by Harbord Copley (d. 1742) at Gunton Park, Norfolk following his inheritance of the estate in 1710 (sold Irelands, Gunton Park sale 16-26 September 1980, Lot 1958). The table was presented by Lord and Lady Rupert Nevill. Princess Margaret had been a regular visitor to their Sussex home at Uckfield House, the furnishing of which was admired by the architectural historian Christopher Hussey in 1966 for its 'country-house taste' (C. Hussey, Uckfield House, Sussex, Country Life, 14 July 1966 , pp.80-83).