Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Queen Anne Table

I thought this would be interesting. My father found this table in Pennsylvania.

Queen Anne Tea Table:  1740 - 1750

Queen Anne Tea Table:  1740 - 1750
The curve in the cabriole legs derives its elegant characteristics from Chinese influence. The term cabriole comes from the French word cabrioler, which means “to cavort, or leap excitedly”. The slender elegance of the leg resembles a goat leg. Thus the term cavort usually means to dance around like a goat. The table top is lifted high above the ground displaying the curves and defining an interesting aedicule below the top. There is a slide top located underneath the table top that provides more surface space when needed.


Compare the corner of the leg with that of the French and English below.
  This style table was the North American version of the French Rococo Louis XV furniture. The Queen Anne furniture is the English derivative of Louis XV. The English took the extravagant French Rococo with its floral influence and simplified it. This style was carried over to the American port cities. In this case the Tea Table is thought to be from Charleston South Carolina. We think this because of the abundant use of Mahogany. This wood originates in Honduras and is extremely expensive. Charleston would have been the chief southern state import city for the wood. The abundance of Mahogany within the Charleston region would lower the cost of the wood allowing cabinet makers to use it for the primary and secondary parts of furniture. Inland from the coast the chief secondary wood for the southern states would have been yellow pine. Here Mahogany would have been more expensive. The primary and secondary wood on the Tea Table is composed of Mahogany.

French Louis XV Table - 1780

Period English Queen Anne Mahogany Lowboy
English Queen Anne Table - 1780

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