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Family tradition maintains George and Martha Washington used this stand at Mount Vernon, but whether it represents one or more original Washington pieces is the subject of ongoing research. Careful examination reveals its top and pillar were joined at a later date, and the legs have at least been shortened, if not replaced. In the eighteenth century, small stands with tilt-tops were employed anywhere a flat surface was needed - to hold a candle, write a letter, or take a cup of tea.


Tilt-top table with a circular, single-board, dished top with molded rim on a column-compressed ball with ring-and-spool-turned shaft on a tripod base featuring three cabriole legs missing their feet; top connects to the birdcage or box by two projecting pintles set into two rounded cleats screwed to its underside and can be locked in place by a wooden key; birdcage or box with four balusters between two plain square blocks; legs with single scallops or cusps on their undersides are blind dovetailed into the pillar; no brace; circular brass catch.


1750-1800, with later alterations



Mahogany, brass


Overall (H x W x D): 29 1/2 in. x 19 1/8 in. x 19 1/8 in. (74.93 cm x 48.59 cm x 48.59 cm)

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Gift of Major Burr Noland, 1875

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