A Beautiful Small 18th Century Oak Cricket Table
The magnificent burr and “flame” top, cut from a thick slab of well-grained oak, then deeply chamfered all around, leaving a 1 inch thick edge tapering to an impressive 3 inch thick centre – known as a “cheese” top.
The thickened centre allows for the 3 tapering legs to be securely morticed into the underside, helping to prevent the legs spreading at the bottom.
As an additional protection against the legs moving, this little table has an oak undershelf, or potboard, with a low gallery fitted neatly around each leg. A potshelf is a rare feature on a cheese top table – normally the legs just come from the top straight to the ground.
This is one of the prettiest little tables I have seen, having wonderful proportions and an outstanding colour and patina.
English, circa 1770.
Width 17 inches, height 25.5 inches.