This tea table can be distinguished from comparable tables by the acanthus carving on the knees and lack of a beaded molding applied to the frame above the juncture of the skirt. It is one of a small group of related tea tables fitted with candleslides. One has a history of descent in the Shoemaker and Williams families.1 Another was owned by Mary Revere, daughter of Paul Revere.2 A third example was owned by Levi Lincoln, Governor of Massachusetts from 1808-9.3 A fourth example at Colonial Williamsburg was originally owned by Reverend Daniel Shute (1722-1802) of Hingham, Massachusetts.4 Another with a history in the Ladd family of Portsmouth, New Hampshire sold in these rooms, Important Americana from the Collection of Diane and Norman Bernstein, the Lindens, Washington, D.C., January 22, 2006, sale 8160, lot 54.
Other tea tables with a similar skirt profile but lacking the paired C-scroll brackets include one with a history of descent in the Bradlee and Croninshield families of Salem, one owned by Sarah Bradlee Fulton (1740-1836) of Boston, and one at the State Department owned by the John Hooper family of Marblehead, Massachusetts.5
1 See Elizabeth Stillinger, American Antiques: The Hennage Collection, Williamsburg, 1990.
2 See Israel Sack Inc., American Antiques from Israel Sack Collection, Volume VI, P4574, pp. 1540-1.
3 Albert Sack, New Fine Points of Furniture, New York, 1993, p. 266.
4 See Barry Greenlaw, New England Furniture at Williamsburg, 1974, no. 129.
5 See Sack, Volume IV, P3757, p. 975, Paul Revere’s Boston, Boston, 1975, no. 122, and Sack, Volume IX, p. 168.
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