Top rim with carved repeats of leaf clusters flanked by C and S scrolls
Carved Cabriole Legs & Feet
21” Diameter, 31.5”Height
The furniture of Robert Walker is considered by southern furniture scholars and collectors to be some of the most desirable in the market. Few equaled and none surpassed the quality and elegance of the tables, chairs and casework of the Walker shop.
In his comprehensive and authoritative “Robert and William Walker and the “Ne Plus Ultra” Scottish Design and Colonial Virginia Furniture, 1730-1775” American Furniture 2006, Robert Leath lays out the case for the accolades accorded the Walkers and details the known works to have survived, including this elegant carved kettle stand. Working in partnership with his brother William, the master builder Robert provided the elegant furnishings for the great Tidewater homes including George Washington, Robert Beverley, multiple Fitzhughs, Carters, Mercers and Lees.
The Walker shop operated from the 1740s to c.1770s. As Leath notes the unknown carver was aware of the style transition from late baroque to rococo which can be seen in this kettle stand and the elaborately shaped top and asymmetrically carved legs of a tea table for the Carter Family (MESDA Collection). The carved decoration of the table and stand are virtually identical and are dated by Leath to mid-1750s.