Excellent American Queen Anne Mahogany Tea Table, North Carolina c. 1750-80(456 views)
FINE AMERICAN QUEEN ANNE MAHOGANY TILT TOP TABLE, SOUTHERN STATES,
Chowan County, North Carolina; probably Edenton; c. 1750-80
Item # 409JPP04Z
An exceptional surviving example in nearly untouched condition other than the fine finish, this American Queen Anne Round Tilting Top Tea Table is closely associated with a small grouping of furniture from the coastal North Carolina, particularly Edenton. The work center is distinct for it's use of a dovetailed box instead of a birdcage with pillars as the rotating and tilting functionary, a technique founded in British furniture but only known to have been employed in American furniture of coastal North Carolina, specifically Chowan County. Further related are the uses of a large turned boss in place of a tri-form iron bracket beneath the pedestal to secure the dovetailed legs to the base and the scrolled volute leg returns at the juncture of the leg and pedestal. This is only hinted at in the present example, the soft roundel left unembellished as a simple scroll along the interior edge of each leg. Like most of the tables identified from this work center, the top is a thick and broad beautifully grained solid plank of mahogany, affixed to the dovetailed mahogany box on a pair of blunt ended cleats with original screws flanking projecting dowels from the box. The pedestal is striking for it's compressed urn and tight ring turnings beneath an elongated shaft. The legs have a soft and highly effective profile, the cabriole flowing into a rounded foot over thin pads of the solid. The table is preserved in outstanding condition with many layers of later finish over early color and deep patina, retaining it's original iron tombstone latch and brass catch with it's original hand filed steel screws, likewise with original unmoved cleats and most of it's original screws. The large turned boss remains affixed with it's original iron sprig nails. This is an exceptional investment grade selection for serious collectors of American works. Materials: Literature & Examples:
Leland Little, 3/16/13 lot 272 - Edenton, NC Tilt Top
Leland Little, 3/17/12 lot 156 - Edenton, NC Tilt Top of nearly identical form though with a somewhat more bold urn and lacking the volute returns, sold for $18,000 plus 20% buyer's premium.
Early finish, not original, though with deep patina and well oxidized surface; remnants of earlier finish preserved under wax and shellac. Light scuffs to feet; light scuffs and white paint mark along edges of legs; light abrasion along pedestal; old hairline crack along return of one leg; original latch and clasp; a few replaced and added screws to original cleats, most screws untouched and original; originality of wedge unknown. Exceptional overall condition and color.
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Dimensions: 24" D [toe to toe], top measuring 34 3/16" along grain x 34 10/16" against the grain; 27 1/2" H
Southern Furniture 1680-1830, The Colonial Williamsburg Collection, Hurst and Prown, p. 315-18
Furniture of Coastal North Carolina, Bivins, p. 152, plate 5.69
Edenton Furniture and Culture, Newbern and Melchor, p. 33-43
Medium: All primary and secondary surfaces Mahogany
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