George III Mahogany Demilune Tea Table | England, circa 1760
ITEM #: 907GHS17P
GEORGE III MAHOGANY FOUR-LEGGED DEMILUNE TEA TABLE
England, circa 1760
Item # 907GHS17P
This fine untouched gem is in every way a convenient console table - the demilune shape of the front allows it to be positioned in active hallways without fear of catching corners, while at the same time allowing it to transform into a full circular tea or center table when more space is required. The top features two different pairs of hinges, allowing the top leaf to open for a full circular surface and allowing the lower leaf to open and reveal a large storage well within.
Featuring an early surface with a glowing patina from the years of wax and gentle wear, there is a history developed in the surface of the table that is most attractive. The craftsmanship is typical of the English: tidy, symmetrical and austere. While solid planks of mahogany were used in each of the top leaves, the carcass is given its demilune shape by bending a thin cut piece of golden oak, this then set in grooves in the back legs before applying mahogany veneers and moldings over it.
The fourth leg is tucked into the frame, withdrawing to support the flipped table top on its upraised post. The three outer legs are delightful with a gentle cabriole form under scrolled carved returns, each leg terminating in a padded spade foot.
During an era where tea was an integral part of life, this table was such a useful development. It allowed generous storage space for the necessary spoons, saucers and cups and locked to ensure proper rationing of the expensive tea leaves. These would also be used as games tables, as the cards and playing pieces could be kept together with the table.
As a finely preserved picture of the past, this is a storied piece with generations of life ahead of it.
Measurements: 27 3/4" H x 32 5/8" W x 16" D [closed]; 27 1/8" H x approx. 32 3/4" diameter [opened]
Some scarring/ink stains to the tops in a few areas, discolorations to surface; apparently original brass escutcheon, no key. Original hinges. Early surface with fine glowing patination. Structure appears to be untouched. Some surface repairs. Sturdy and stable in all positions.