FINE AMERICAN QUEEN ANNE MAHOGANY TILT TOP TABLE, SOUTHERN STATES
Probably Chowan County, North Carolina c. 1750-80
Item # 409JPP04Z
A very fine example remaining in excellent original condition, the table form 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 most often employed in American furniture of coastal North Carolina, specifically Chowan County. Further related are the uses of a large turned boss rather than the more typical tri-form iron bracket beneath the pedestal to secure the dovetailed legs to the base as well as 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 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 original screws. The large turned boss remains affixed with it's original iron sprig nails.
It remains a powerful presentation piece for the serious collector of American furniture of the period.
Materials: All primary and secondary surfaces Mahogany
Literature & Examples:
- 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
- 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
Measurements: 24" D [toe to toe], top measuring 34 3/16" along grain x 34 10/16" against the grain; 27 1/2" H
Early refinish. Light scuffs to feet and legs, white paint marks along edges of legs; light abrasion to pedestal; old hairline crack along return of one leg; original latch and clasp; a few replaced and added screws to cleats, most screws original; left cleat (when looking at the back) possibly replaced, screw holes filled; originality of wedge unknown. Please scroll below to view 38 detailed images of the table.