A mid 18th century carved mahogany tripod table, having a finely figured tip-up top with piecrust edge on a solid box birdcage action above a turned, fluted column with gadrooned ring, spirally gadrooned knop and egg and dart ring, and having a pendent turned finial; on cabriole legs with shell carved hipped knees, terminating in leaf carved pad feet.
Note: The birdcage action constructed in an open box and the pendent finial suggests the work of a cabinet-maker in rural northern England, where both features were common. The shell motif used on the legs is typical of the walnut period some twenty years earlier, showing that the maker was behind the fashion; acanthus leaf carving was by this time the prevalent style used by up-to-date metropolitan workshops. The execution, however, is of the highest standard, and points to a very skilful craftsman.


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