The inlay on this table relates to another Norfolk table (3639) in the MESDA collection, as does the dovetailing of the drawer construction and the leaf support. A second group varies as to dovetail construction and inlay but could well be from the same shop with a second workman.
This example differs from #3639 in having an oval patera with the eight-pointed “star” set into a rectangular string inlaid frame. The series of shaded, pointed ovals on the legs reminds us of an elaborate walnut example (S-1364) which we also believe to have been made in Norfolk. The eight-pointed star of the patera has a close similarity to the eight-pointed star of the William Little secretary with bookcase (Acc. No. 3264), again suggesting an adaptation by Little from his Norfolk sojourn.