the mechanical game table designed by david roentgen in 1780 is much like the penguin donkey because it is small in size. both of the pieces are small enough to be placed any where withiut occupying to much space. the mechanical table is an intersting piece because it has different compartments that change for its many functions. it can be used as a console for reading and writing, and a game table for chess and cards. the thing that makes the two pieces of furniture similar are their legs. the thin legs give the illusion that the heavy top is floating.
a piece different from the penguin donkey is the herter brothers library table. the table was made in 1882 and was made as a monumental center piece of the library in william vanderbilts mansion. it is based off the roman furniture because of its ornate appearance and paw feet, whereas the peguin donkey is a modern piece of furniture that is based on simplicity and funtion.