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The form and rococo decoration on much of the Cadwalader furniture was influenced by the height of London fashion, particularly the style of ornamentation found in the finest London rococo silver (1750-70).

        Lloyd Family Silver Salver, Jacob March, London, 1754.

This highly ornate silver salver commissioned in 1754 is exceptional in its size (28inches in diameter) and the asymmetric design of its cast border. This was a hugely prestigious piece, held in great esteem by the Lloyd family, at the time of Edward Lloyd III’s death in 1770 was valued at £242.  Beyond its monetary value, family tradition maintains that during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries newborn Lloyd children were presented to their father upon the salver.
Lloyd Silver Salver, Jacob March, London, 1754.
At the the time of the commission of the tea table, Elizabeth Lloyd Cadwalader was heavily pregnant with their first child Anne. It is conceivable that John and Elizabeth Cadwalader maintained the Lloyd family traditions, commissioning this table with a direct influence from the family salver. The synergy between the table top and this salver is so strong that the table may have been designed to accommodate the Lloyd salver or perhaps a Cadwalader version, replicating the design and maintaining their tradition.
The combination of size, decoration and asymmetry of the table top is incredibly rare, as is the silver salver. These two family-linked items correspond directly, with their alignment highlighting their individual decorative parts.
Comparison of decorative positioning, detailing asymmetry.
Lloyd silver waiter superimposed on tea table top.

        Cadwalader Silver Waiter, John Carter II, London, 1769-70.

At the time of the commission of the table, more silver was being commissioned by the Cadwaladers through their London agent Mathias Gale. As part of this commission was a 9” diameter, scallop edged waiter from John Carter II, 1769 - 70. This has an aesthetic synergy to the design of both the table and the Cadwalader bedstead.
Cadwalader silver waiter, John Carter II, London, 1769 - 70.
Tea table scalloped top compared with rim of Cadwalader silver waiter.

        Cornell Silver Basket, Myer Myers, New York City, 1756.

This Myers basket gives an American precedent for the same design of gothic blind fret carving found on the legs of the tea table.
Cornell silver basket, Myer Myers, New York, 1756. Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Detail of blind fret, Cadwalader tea table.