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Collections > Furniture > Mahogany Tea Table
Mahogany Tea Table
Tea was introduced to Britain in the mid 17th century via European trade with the East Indies. By the mid 18th century the practice of 'taking tea' had become widespread, overtaking coffee and chocolate as the nation's favourite drink - it was cheaper to buy and easier to prepare.
While men tended to drink coffee in coffee houses, women, for whom it has become fashionable to pay house visits, became particularly associated with tea drinking. English craftsmen developed the small, portable tea table, for these intimate groups of for women.
Size: Height: 72 cm; Width: 88 cm.
Object Type: table
Period: George II - III
Actual Date: c. 1760
Century: 18th century
Materials: Mahogany, Box Wood
Museum Accession Number: FW.57