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Tilt-top tea table

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When not in use, the top of this table could be tilted vertically. The tilting mechanism allows the tabletop to swivel while horizontal as well. This adaptable design permitted hostesses to serve tea without reaching or to store the table against a wall, while still exhibiting its craftsmanship...

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The M. and M. Karolik Collection of Eighteenth-Century American Arts. Purchased via dealer Frances Nichols of Marblehead from Dr. Edwin A. Locke of Wilton, New Hampshire. Dr. Locke had purchased the table from dealer Isreal Sack, New York. Sack had purchased it from dealer Hyman Kaufman of South Sudbury, MA. Kaufman had purchased it about 1905 from a private home in Newcastle, Delaware and said "it came from Mayor Sheppley, of Philadelphia."

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The M. and M. Karolik Collection of Eighteenth-Century American Arts

About 1760–75

Object Place

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Catalogue Raisonné

Eighteenth-Century American Arts No. 56


Overall: 75.9 x 84.8 cm (29 7/8 x 33 3/8 in.)

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