Greene · Newport
Townsend Rectangular Tea Table
mahogany, 27"h, 33"w, 21"d currently available
A ball and claw foot version of the more common slipper-foot tea table, after an early John Townsend original. Townsend's early style of foot carving appears on only a handful of pieces. His early feet are detailed and precise without the tall, stylized appearance of his later work. The four feet have slender digits, rounded knuckles, and open talons. The one-board top is surrounded by an applied ogee molding.
The construction is of mortise-and-tenon joinery and the top is let into the frame. The ogee molding secures the top while allowing seasonal movement.
similar example: Monkhouse & Michie p.133