The original of this graceful serving table was built in the Queen Anne style around 1745, possibly in Philadelphia. It is primarily a dining room piece and the marble top allowed the housewife, or servants, to place hot dishes on it without fear of damage to the table. In addition, the contrast of the marble to the rich mahogany finish provided a decorative touch to the room. This type of table was equally at home in a large hall, the library, or even as dressing tables.
The original cabriole legs were graced by delicate shell carvings on the knees of the front legs and ended with trifid feet on all four legs. Although marble was quarried in the north-eastern region of the colonies early in the 18th Century it was fairly rare in furniture construction until the 19th Century.
Kilde/Source: The House of Miniatures Collectors Series