This is a rare survivor with its original brasses that is probably one of the most elegant and diminutive tea tables created in the period. Note the beautiful skirt, which is similar to many New England highboy bases. (See the Queen Anne Tiger Maple highboy in our private collection.) Also impressive are the deeply shaped sides of the case. The entire aspect, skirt, and legs, are all quite stylized, with an elegant shaping of curves.
The provenance is Russel Sage, of the Metropolitan Museum. Another example, with a very nice write-up discussing this form’s unique “hoofed” feet, is attached. This form is additionally illustrated in Lockwood’s Colonial Furniture in America and somewhat related table at Williamsburg is also known (see scan below).
This table has a fine and old Colonial look to it that only time creates. It has a very useful top and small drawers, which tea tables rarely have. It’s one of those small treasures, like sculptures, we live with through the days.