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

Description

The top of this table has been divided into eight alternating scalloped and straight edges from a single board of Caribbean mahogany, measuring over two-feet in diameter—a stylish and accommodating surface on which to serve tea. This example has exceptionally high knees and, on the pillar, an unusually flattened ball with carved leafage on a stippled ground. When not in use, the top is tilted upward and the tripod base can be positioned against a wall, or in the corner of a room.

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