1720 - 1760
Tobacco & Colonial Wealth Building
This period ushered in a drastic change in design. Colonists began to have disposable income, tools improved, cabinet maker's were competing, and social customs etc. drove changes in design and brought about new forms.
The use of the "cyma curve" on legs, crest rails, and even back supports were the hall mark of the period
Early in the period, William & Mary attributes persisted. But later curved pediments & chair seat rails, and more carving began to appear.
Note rounded shape of seat front compared to that of the chair above.
As needs changed so did the forms.
Tilt top tea table
Tilting mechanism under tea table top