Antique Georgian Country House Oak “Bird Cage” Tilt Top Wine Table Circa 1780


A fabulous early English provincial tilt top "Bird Cage” wine table that has that country house look. Circa 1780 with fabulous patina and depth of colour with wide open grain to timbers. Rare lower height model, perfect for todays living as central coffee table.

These tables are to be used as intended and when not in use tilted up to show off the quality of craftsmanship and quality of design/look. Used as side tables, tea tables, breakfast tables they are the perfect addition to any room where you want to make a statement with high quality furniture. Perfect as a side/sofa table/coffee table. The country house essential. Circa 1780.

During the 18th century the tripod table became one of the most popular forms. Developed from the smaller kettle or urn stands, the tops became larger in diameter and the columns taller and sturdier. They functioned as occasional, or ‘tea’ tables, and often featured elegantly shaped legs, terminating in either a ball and claw or a pad foot.  They sometimes had a dished or ‘piecrust’ shaped top. The most common detail of the column would be a ring turning or a vase shaped stem, as in this example, dating from 1780.

The natural look with quality oak timbers that was used at this time is evident here, as are the sturdy, well-balanced proportions. The finer examples from this early Georgian period often featured a ‘birdcage’ mechanism, as seen here, which allows the top to revolve on the base. It comprises two squares of wood, joined at the corners with turned columns, to which the long bearers under the table top are hinged; the top revolves freely on the top of the stem which slots right through the birdcage and is secured with a wedge. This beautiful example has wear related marks to table top. We can if required have the table top professionally stripped/polished to remove markings through our workshops at an extra cost of £80. We have left the table in original condition with a light wax treatment to bring out the graining of the timbers. Historic repairs to underside of table top which is common with furniture of this age. Does not detract from use or overall look of the table.

Height 55cm to table top x 76cm Depth x 79cm width x table top open/upright 96cm.

As a genuine antique / vintage item there is wear and use commensurate with age.  Some wooden products may have signs of historic woodworm. As a precaution we apply a clear triple action woodworm treatment that also kills wet rot, dry rot and woodworm. Please look at all the images carefully and ask any questions pre purchase as we do not unfortunately offer refunds due to the size and shipping costs of our antiques/items.  All our items are available on line at Search & Rescued and other online stores.