Important Philadelphia Chippendale mahogany pie crust tea table, ca. 1750, 27 3/4" h., 31 1/4" w. Provenance: George Horace Lorimer; Joe Kindig Jr. & Son, 1994; The Collection of Daniel Heisler and Mary Jane Sheppard, Lutherville, MD.
This mahogany, inverted baluster, scalloped top tea table with claw feet and carved knees is an important early Philadelphia example. This inverted baluster form apparently was one of the original formats for the introduction of the tripod tea table in Philadelphia, probably in the late 1730’s or early 1740’s. The first of these tables likely saw the introduction of the claw and ball foot. This example shows that form as it began to evolve and is about five to fifteen years later than the earliest examples, such as the Bayou Bend table. While this table retains the early double batten system for attaching the top to the bird cage so that the grain of the top is vertical when the top is in its upright, storage position and has the typical twelve repeats of the scrolled elements of its top edge, its knee carving and feet are more typical of the 1745-55 phase of production. The carver, whose name is not now known, was an important and prolific carver of that era and later. The turned inverted baluster shaft is the most complex example of its type known to me. Typical of these early scalloped top tables, the edge molding is very precisely carved. The table is in very good condition, with its original latch and most of its original batten screws.
- Alan Miller