Round Tea Table

Date: ca. 1765

Geography: Made in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Culture: American

Medium: Mahogany

Dimensions: H. 27 1/2 in. (69.9 cm); Diam. 33 3/8 in. (84.8 cm)

Classification: Furniture

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1925

Accession Number: 25.115.31


One of the finest ornamentally carved Philadelphia circular tea tables, this example has exceptionally high knees and, on the pillar, an unusually flattened ball. The top is a finely figured board with a delicate, crisply carved rim; the fluting is narrow; the small-scale, naturalistic carving is discreetly placed. Such refined carving could only have been done by someone fully trained in a rigid London apprenticeship system, and Philadelphia in the 1760s was a magnet for just such talented and ambitious craftsmen.