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Tilt-top Tea Table


Mahogany, soft maple

26 1/2 in. (67.3 cm) other (Top): 31 in.(78.7 cm)
Gift of Philip Holzer in memory of Ann Holzer
The proportions of the baluster pedestal on this tilt-top, tripod-based tea table are similar to a plate in James Gibbs’s Rules for Drawing (1732). The Newport, Rhode Island, architect Peter Harrison used this architectural book in designing the balustrade of the Touro Synagogue (1763). The turner who made the balusters for the synagogue may also have turned the pedestal on this table.
18th century
Made in Newport, Rhode Island
By appointment

American Antiques from Israel Sack Collection, 10 vols. (Washington, D.C.: Highland House Publishers, 1957–1989), vol. 4, p. 926, no. P3569.

Philip Holzer, Philip and Ann Holzer Collection (n.p.: privately printed, 1990), 20–21, fig. 8–8.3.

Patricia E. Kane, “The Palladian Style in Rhode Island Furniture: Fly Tea Tables,” American Furniture (1999): 9, fig. 9.

“Acquisitions 2000,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2001): 150–51, ill.

Sarah Neale Fayen, “Tilt-Top Tables and Eighteenth-Century Consumerism,” American Furniture (2003): 109, fig. 17.

Dennis Andrew Carr, American Colonial Furniture: Guide to the Collection, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2004), 10–11, 16, fig. 18.

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