A Bold Georgian Birdcage Tip-Top Table
The plain circular tilt-top resting on a birdcage mechanism, revolving on the plain turned gun-barrel column with ring-turning at its top and base, raised on sturdy but elegantly shaped cabriole legs ending in pudgy pad feet characteristic of the period c.1710-1750.
The birdcage mechanism – supported on four squat turned and ring-turned columns – was an important structural and functional development in the earlier eighteenth century as new furniture forms were required in the pursuit of refined and elegant living. Tea-drinking became an important symbolic expression in polite society. A table such as this took pride of place in the fashionable multi-purpose parlours in town and country houses, set with blue-and-white tea ware imported from China, and a tea urn, imported enamel urns
from Turkey being popular. A revolving top meant the hostess could serve tea with a minimum of fuss.
This table attests to the high standards of British craftsmanship in producing a robust but elegant design evident in subtle details around the feet and at the joints at the top of the sweeping cabriole legs.
DimensionsMaximum width: 863mm / 34"
Maximum height: 713mm / 28"