C1760 George II Cuban Mahogany Birdcage Tripod Wine Table


This is a splendid early George III period, Cuban mahogany single plank top table, tripod table of distinction. It has a snap top, allowing it to be stored in a corner. It also has a birdcage with turned miniature balusters that allows the top to rotate, like a Lazy Susan. 80 cm diameter tables like this were made in some quantity. They were used as dining tables, as well as tea and wine tables. Mid 18th century dining room looked like modern restaurants with many small circular tables. The large rectangular "banqueting table" that sat everyone i became popular at the end of the 18th century and have been the standard ever since. As tea tables, examples with a birdcage allowed the hostess to make tea and deliver it to her guest by rotating the table. Extra luxuries include the fine wrythen carved urn in the baluster. The baluster is supported on three graceful cabriole legs. The diameter is 79.5 to 80.5 (I am sure you are aware the circular turned members shrink more across the grain than along it.) 73 cm tall. Fake and recent reproduction tables are more likely to be the same diameter all round.

Print or share this page

To enquire about this item, call on 03 9489 8467 or fill out the form below.

Send Enquiry
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.