The moulded top is crossbanded in rosewood and centred by a hinged panel, enclosing a writing surface with pen and inkwells and a further silk-lined compartment.
The interior of the lid has a semi-ellipitical panel with the initials E.H.C. beneath a coronet, which probably refers to Elizabeth Hamilton Cecil (1757-1837.
The daughter of Peter Burrell of Beckenham, she had been married to, and divorced from, the 8th Duke of Hamilton, before becoming the third wife of Henry, 1st Marquess of Exeter (1754-1804).
The square tapered legs are on brass castors, the table 70cm high, 58cm wide.
The 1804 Burghley Inventory records: ‘Red Drawing Room…a Sattin wood work table yellow silk bag.’