George II Needlework-Topped Tripod Piquet Table

of elongated octagonal shape and worked with a central urn of flowers within a border of roses and other flowers, the mahogany stand with a gun-barrel turned stem with bird-cage action and standing on a bold tripod base

Height 75 cm (29.5 inches)
Width 62 cm (24.5 inches)
Depth 82 cm (32.25 inches)
English. circa 1735

The combination of needlework with furniture, other than seat furniture, is rare in the 18th century, and it is probable that the present table was a collaborative enterprise by some company like The Edinburgh Upholstery Company, a co-operative of furniture-makers and upholsterers set up by James Cullen in the 1750s, which seemed to specialise in supplying fine needlework covers, notably on chairs provided for Hopetoun House and Amisfield. The needlework top, though a little worn, is a rare survival from the 18th century and would, perhaps, benefit from a glass top, which we could happily organise,  if this was to be used as an end table next to a sofa or between armchairs.

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