A Fine Chippendale Period Mahogany Silver Table
The pierced fretwork gallery above a blind fretwork frieze and raised on cabriole legs which terminate in claw and ball feet.
During the Eighteenth Century tea was imported into the country and was a much valued luxury, drunk only in the best households. Taking tea became part of the fabric of high society and as such a whole generation of furniture and silverware was designed and commissioned around this ceremony.
Silver tables as the name suggests, were designed to stand the full tea service on and would most likely be positioned centrally; thus their design dictated that they should be strong, elegant and able to be viewed from all sides.
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