A George II-period mahogany scalloped-top tripod table.
Mid-18th century, circa 1740-1750.
The carved, lobed-edge, one-piece top is supported on a birdcage, tapering fluted column, and a tripod base terminating in pointed pad feet.
This fine antique tilt-top table, in lovely mahogany of the best quality and of very good colour – in its original state – has acquired a lovely patina.
These rare Georgian lobed or scalloped tripods are often referred to as tea or supper tables.
The common assumption is that the lobes were carved to accommodate small china plates – normally a tea service.
Nb. This design is considerably rarer than a pie-crust top.
Height 27″ (68.5 cm)
Diameter 29″ (73.5 cm).
Ralph Edwards CBE FSA illustrates a similar scalloped tilt-top tripod with a date of 1750, in his Shorter Dictionary of English Furniture, Country Life, Hamlyn (Fourth Impression 1972) p. 528, ill. 6.
A similar table to ours on offer here is in the National Trust Museum, Killerton, Broadclyst, Exeter, Devon EX5 3LE.
Stock ref: BHA 994