Delaware Valley , possibly Odessa, Delaware, area
28 in x 20-3/8 in (dia)
Mahogany, light and dark wood inlays
Historic Odessa Foundation
The six-pointed star inlaid into the center of the top exhibits no wear or movement from shrinkage of the single top board. The top itself has been thoroughly cleaned and exhibits no links to the base. The top board of the square box (or birdcage) is of a piece of mahogany that differs from the bottom square board. The table top and part of the box are likely replacements. A foot is replaced at the ankle of one leg.
When Winterthur purchased this stand from Miss Margaret Janvier Hort, the invoice dated February 6, 1975, stated that it belonged to Thomas and Mercy Janvier of New Castle.
This tilt-top stand on three cabriole legs is of a design that was common throughout the greater Philadelphia region from the 1780s onward. It was acquired from Miss Hort, who spent her adult life researching and acquiring manuscripts and furniture related to the Janvier family of furniture makers. Despite its reliable provenance, the stand itself has compromising condition issues. No other tilt-top tables with Janvier provenances are known. The style of inlay is unknown among Janvier furniture, which is seldom inlaid.