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Regency mahogany teapoy, shaped box with four out-swept legs on brass cup castors, circa 1820.
A teapoy is a small, often three-legged table, originating in India and typically used to hold a tea service.
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Mahogany is a close grained hardwood, native to northern and central South America and the West Indies. It varies in colour from dark brown to red, and sometimes has a spotted effect. As the girth of the tree is broad, furniture makers were able to use a single cut of wood for a table top. Furniture made from mahogany became very popular with cabinet-makers in Britain from the middle of the 18th century, followed by France and the rest of Europe. African mahogany, which is lighter in weight, was used from the 1800s onwards.
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