Tilt-top tea table, Mahogany, American

Tilt-top tea table

Date:
1765
Geography:
Made in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Mahogany
Dimensions:
H. 29 in. (73.7 cm); Diam. 37 in. (94 cm)
Classification:
Furniture
Credit Line:
John Stewart Kennedy Fund, 1918
Accession Number:
18.110.13
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 722
Types of furniture associated with social interactions—especially the serving and drinking of tea—were indispensable components of fashionable parlors during the second half of the eighteenth century. Tilt-top tea tables, featuring a single pillar supported by three legs, could be placed against a wall for storage when their tops were tilted to a vertical position.
George S. Palmer, New London, Connecticut, until 1918