18th Century Design Triumph. 

New England, perhaps Massachusetts, ca. mid-18th century.

PERFECTION in the proportion of its double-splayed baluster-turned legs in relation to the apron and its overhanging oval top. Note the apron is not squared, rather canted, and with molded lower edges.

Appears to be maple with period black paint on red graining,, the top well worn. Expertly turned and joined by a skilled and sophisticated maker with crisp lathe and molding work, with mortice and tenon joinery retaining wooden pegs that stand well proud of the surface. Structurally sensational condition including turned feet of full height.

An old note underneath reads:  "This colonial tea table to my beloved ____ _____ upon my passing.  H.P."

Diminutive size of just 23 ¾ inches tall; top: 27 3/4 x 21 ¼
, suggesting use as a in-home tea table. From a private New England collection purchased decades ago at the Wilton Antique Show in Connecticut.

18th century design at its finest, made during a period in which for many the design of their furniture (as in art or sculpture) was as important as its function.