A fine satinwood, mahogany, ebony, rosewood and harewood writing-table, the rectangular top with black leather lined writing surface cross-banded in harewood above three drawers on either end in satinwood and cross-banded in rosewood. Paterae medallions extending down on faux- fluted square tapered legs with marquetry fleur-de-lis block feet.
In 1762 Mayhew and Ince published the “Universal System of Household Furniture” dedicated to the Duke of Marlborough. It was a folio of drawings and descriptions in both English and French that was produced in direct competition to their biggest trade competitor Thomas Chippendale. Mayhew and Ince’s style was far more classical than that of Thomas Chippendale with elaborate use of inlaid woods and marquetry. This writing-table bears all the hallmarks of Mayhew and Ince’s style of the 1770’, these include the striking veneers and use of ebonised boarders and cross-banding to the drawer sides to maintain a balanced design. These features all reoccur amongst the firms major commissions for clients, such as the 6th Earl of Coventry and the 9th Earl of Exeter.