Tea table

about 1760-1780


Object Place: Probably Newburyport, Massachusetts, United States

Catalogue Raisonné

Randall 86

Dimensions

Overall: 69.2 x 90.8 cm (27 1/4 x 35 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

61.647

Medium or Technique

Mahogany, birch

Not On View

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Tables, stands, screens

The tilt-top of this table is a single piece of crotch mahogany with a rounded edge. Thye fluted pillar tapers slightly and is treated with a capital and base of the Doric order. There are three cabriole legs with claw-and-ball feet with bird-like talons on the claws. The knees are carved with a cross-hatched panel with acanthus sprats above and below. The undersides of the legs and the base of the pillar have notched edges.

The turning block is birch, and the cleats are mahogany. The top has a number of cracks, the largest of which was repaired with a butterfly on the underside. A small hole was filled in the center. One leg was broken and repaired, and has lost a small amount of its length. There is a replaced iron brace on the underside of the base.

Provenance

1961, purchased by the Museum from Harry Arons, dealer in Ansonia, Connecticut for $450 (Accession date: September 20, 1961).

Credit Line

Charles Hitchcock Tyler Residuary Fund