A Cedar Chippendale Tea Table, Bermuda, c.1780
Bermuda furniture made
of cedar--fairly identifiable and found no place else
but Bermuda--is rare and desirable. Among this class,
Chippendale furniture is very rare, as this style
dates squarely in the 18th century, and little has
survived. The tea table especially is a rare form,
because it is easily broken.
This table was once part of a marine
Museum, now deaccessioned (see
museum numbers). This tea table is not a "rickety"
table; the mortise and tenon joints through legs are
all stable, and the underside of the top reinforced
with cross bracing to assure its stability. Note the
cedar blocks and a good many of the original leg blockings,
which are often lost. Also note the chamfering on
the inside of each leg (see
detail). This table was obviously made in a cabinetshop,
and is far from amateur farmer's work.
Also of note is the generous overhang
of the top, which connoisseurs find desirable.
Height: 27 in.
Length: 33 3/4 in. Depth: 18 1/2 in.