Laminations of two of the legs are visible to the naked eye. This unusual construction method was also noted on some of the legs of the ‘Group A’ fire screens in the Cadwalader study.
Lamination of leg.
The stem is attached directly to the block without the usual birdcage movement. This omission allows a more elegant stem, accommodating a stopped flute. A thread has been turned at the top of the stem which locates and tightens into the block.
Left: Thread turning, showing the two leather washers. Right: Corresponding thread in block.
Two leather washers are used to ensure that when the table top is fully tightened and in its tilted position, the perfect alignment between scalloped top and stem is achieved.
The profusely carved scalloped top is unusual in both its asymmetry and level of carving. The eight major camel-back repeats (highlighted above in black) are interspersed with four strategically placed flats.
Details of repeat pattern.
Butterfly repair to table top.
A historic shrinkage split in the table top has been repaired with a mahogany butterfly. It is probable that the one later screw will have been replaced at this same time. One small area to the tip of the acanthus leaf scroll in the vase has been repaired with a carved patch.