Chippendale period tea silver table from a private collection.
Sometimes also referred to as ‘Tea or China Table’. The rectangular top with a raised shaped gallery pierced with clover leaves above an open well carved fretwork apron. Raised on open fretwork square legs applied with carved paterae, with pierced angles and carved block feet with brass castors. An old split to the top secured and stabilized by a cradled repair to the underside.
Useful as a sophisticated occasional lamp, centre or side table.
Sothebys, New York, sold a related mahogany silver or china table from the Devenish Collection on 24th April 2008 lot 71 @ USD $85,000.
See lot 260 Christies 24th January 2008 a similar mahogany ‘centre table’ (but with alterations, and a replaced strip across the top) sold @ £14,900.
A near pair to this is on loan to the National Trust at Mottisfont Abbey, Hampshire, and photographed in situ there in the Whistler Room.
A related Silver Table is illustrated on p. 163 in Judith Miller’s ‘Furniture’ described as ‘A mahogany China table from Williamsburg, Virginia 1765-1775’. There are striking similarities particularly in the carving of the apron and legs.
Ralph Edwards illustrates a ‘Mahogany Tea or China Table ca. 1760 ; pierced gallery’ on p. 528 of his ‘Shorter Dictionary of English Furniture’ no. 5.