Tilt top table

about 1784
Jonathan Gavet (1731–1806)

Object Place: Salem, Massachusetts, United States

Catalogue Raisonné

Randall 106


Overall: 66.7 x 58.4 x 43.8 cm (26 1/4 x 23 x 17 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View




Tables, stands, screens

The stand has a top with a deeply molded edge and is serpentine on all sides. It swivels on two shaped cleats, and is fitted with a brass catch and plate. There is a simpler vase-turned pillar, notched at the base between the legfs. The tripod legs are cabriole with plain feet set on deep pads. The smooth upper surface of each leg becomes ridged just below the knee.

There are three iron straps on the underside to reinforce the legs.


Paper tacked to square pine block reads in ink: "This stand was bought / of Jonathan Gavet Dec 15th / 1784 by my Grandfather, / Thomas Holmes. Cost [pound sign] 1.8.0 / Joseph Ropes, / Salem Ap. 7, 1890."
In pencil on the same label: "App. 18"


By 1890, owned by Thomas Holmes, Salem, Massachusetts; bby descent to his son, Joseph L. Ropes; by descent to the donor, Joseph A. Ropes, who presented it to the Museum in 1918 (Accession Date January 3, 1918)

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph A. Ropes