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Tilt-top stand


1775-1800 29 in x 20-1/2 in (dia) Mahogany

Historic Odessa Foundation, gift of H. Rodney Sharp


Surface color and oxidation differences indicate that the top probably did not originate with the base (i.e., standard and legs).  Two legs have repaired splits along the grain at the ankle.  The top has grain splits but is stable.

Ex coll. H. Rodney Sharp

The tilt-top stand has a lathe-turned top with carved scalloping around the outer rim.  The shaft is a column atop a necked urn and reel at the bottom.  The shaft stands on three cabriole legs ending in pointed plain feet.  A box or birdcage, as it is popularly known, fits over the round tenon at the top end of the shaft.  Two cleats screwed into the underside of the top attach it to the square top board of the box.