The bronze table, with a marble top with a geometric kaleidoscope motif, was donated to King Francesco I (Naples 1777-1830) by Queen Isabella on 4 October 1827, for his birthday.
Along the upper edge, the work is decorated with eleven polychrome marble medallions which replace the documented ones, with portraits of the royal family; while on the lateral edge, between motifs of shells and seahorses, there were as many medallions with the 'Views of Pompeii', decorations still recorded in the inventory of 1907, but removed as early as 1950. The bronze supports depict telamons on lion's paws that crush tortoises.
The table originally adorned the King's Bedroom in the Royal Palace of Portici and is inspired in its conformation by the excavated marble supports that support petrified wooden floors; in fact, once upon a time its bronze supports were considered precisely Herculaneum finds.
In the private collection there is a series of eleven miniatures, enamel on porcelain, with frames depicting Maria Isabella di Borbone, wife of Francis I, and the first ten of their children. The decoration was probably carried out by Raffaele Giovine and it is clearly a royal commission with the purpose of adornment of a piece of furniture, such as the table in question, of which the missing medallions could constitute.