Tea table, 1765–75
Mahogany; H. 27 1/2 in. (69.9 cm), Diam. 33 3/8 in. (84.8 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1925 (25.115.31)
In Philadelphia, the great majority of tea tables and stands were made with circular tops on turned shafts with three legs. Here, the "birdcage" assembly underneath permits the top to rotate freely or to be tilted vertically when not in use. The powerful stance of the legs, the assured carving, and the figured wood of the top make this table one of the best examples of its type.