ENGLAND or IRELAND, circa 1755
Figured one-piece tilt top, with a pie crust edge, and a solid bird cage action. Turned fluted column, acanthus-carved ring and turned pendant finial. Supported on arched tripod legs with carved beaded and patera moulded edge, lappet carved knees and ‘muscular’ legs. Terminating in bird talon and ball feet.
In ‘Irish Furniture: Woodwork and Carving in Ireland from the Earliest Times to the Act of Union – The Knight of Glin and James Peill’ (The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, Yale University Press, 2007), a mahogany tripod table with a semi talon foot is illustrated, dated circa 1740-60, probably Irish (p.155, fig. 212 – see image below).
A mahogany side table is also illustrated in ‘Irish Furniture: The Knight of Glin and James Peill’, dated circa 1740, which has similar ‘muscular’ type carving (ibid, p.231, fig.109 – see image below).