With its shaped skirt and trifid feet, this slab-table represents one of the earliest examples of the form to be made in America. Although its use during Colonial times can be documented to 1665 (see Fales, The Furniture of Historic Deerfield, (New York, 1976), p. 127), the majority were designed fully in the Rococo aesthetic of the latter half of the mid-18th century. Other examples of slab-tables from this period in museum collections include a Massachusetts table at Historic Deerfield (see Fales, fig. 264) and a Philadelphia version illustrated in American Furniture, 1680-1880, from the Collection of the Balitmore Museum of Art (Elder and Stokes, Baltimore, 1987), fig. 107. Perhaps the closest relationship, however, is with a Philadelphia Queen Anne Highchest, at Winterthur and featured in Joseph's Downs' American Furniture: Queen Anne and Chippendale Periods (New York, 1952), fig. 192, whose similarly chamfered, fluted corners, shaped skirt, shell-carved cabriole legs and trifid feet suggest a common source.