Possibly English, and dating to about 1750, this particularly nice solid mahogany Georgian tea table can do service providing tea, breakfast, cards, whatever... and then be folded up flat and stored against the wall, which is what they did in colonial times. The ingenious "birdcage" top hinging mechanism allows for secure tilting of the top as well as the ability to turn the top like a "lazy Susan" without it coming off. This is the finest table of its type we have ever had. The proportions are graceful unlike many which have clunky legs, or ugly pedestals and the mellow brown color exquisite.
This table has a molded-dish edge with about a 1/2" lip, a heavy, turned pedestal base and step-kneed cabriole legs and pad feet. There is some interesting chamfered detail carved on the underside of the legs and pretty incising around the column. Notice also the closeup detail of the hand forged iron reinforcement at the bottom of the base where it connects with the legs. It is held in place with hand-made rose-headed nails. All screws holding the top and the brass latch are original hand made as well. There an old repair to one leg (see detail) which is completely sound. It measures 32" diameter and stands 28" high. With the top folded up it measures 46" tall. It has been beautifully refinished at some time in the past, retaining most, if not all of its character. There is some scratches on the top (see photos) as you would expect, but no glaring stains or watermarks.
We are reluctant to ship this but will deliver it for free within 200 miles of Richmond, or pick up here. Shipping beyond that can be arranged. Inquire.
An exceptionally strong and aesthetically pleasing period version of this traditionally popular style table!
We are marking this table down as we just acquired a slightly smaller Elm American one that is a bit later, that we can sell for only $575!
Period Furnishings, Fine Art & Artifacts,
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