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Tilt-top Table

1977.76 (RS33513)

Description

Tilt-top table. Mahogany with birch block and cleats. Square top with serpentine edge. Turned vase and ring pillar with scalloped base. Rests on tripod cabriole legs with sharp central creases. Creases continue to feet, where they are flanked by knobs that emulate claws.

Details

Label
The serpentine shape of the top of this tilt-top table from around 1775-1800, was the second most popular tilt-top shape in eighteenth-century British America, following round tilt-tops. However, the creased legs add a regional element that relates to craft traditions of the northeastern coast of Massachusetts. Such creases appear in tables made by cabinetmakers in Boston and along the Essex County coastline and mimic examples found on English forms. The flanking knobs and central creases of the feet give the impression of claws without the costliness of fully carved ball and claw feet.<br/>
Maker
unknown
Date
1775-1800
Location of origin
Boston, Massachusetts
Material
mahogany (wood)
Object type
Furniture
Places
Boston (Suffolk county, Massachusetts)
Massachusetts (United States)
Descriptive terms
Chippendale
mahogany (wood)
Table
tables (support furniture)
tilt-top tables
Dimensions
28 7/16 x 46 1/3 x 46 1/3 (HxWxD) (inches)
Accession Number
1977.76
Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. Henry Lyman, Sr.
GUSN
49439

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