Antique Pie Crust Tables
An antique pie crust table is a type of pedestal table, in which the top surface has a raised edge resembling the crimped edge of a pie.
Pie crust tables were extremely popular in the eighteenth and nineteenth century in Britain and America and would have been used for various purposes, such as taking tea, needlework or games. They typically incorporated a titling mechanism, which allowed the table to be easily moved and stored out of the way when not in use.
Brief history & description
Over time, the design of pie crust tables was developed so that the top could also be removed completely; however, this type of table is commonly referred to as a birdcage table.
Guide to collectors
The most valuable antique pie crust tables are examples produced by noted furniture designers, such as Thomas Chippendale, George Hunzinger, John Goddard Newport and Garvan Carver. In October 2007, a Fisher-Fox pie crust tea table, attributed to Garvan Carver, circa 1850, was sold at Christie’s, New York, for $6.7 million.
Arguably some of the rarest pie crust tables are those that were made in Philadelphia and feature inverted baluster supports. Only four are known to have ever been produced.
Antique pie crust tables are frequently sold at a number of auction houses and examples can be purchased for as little as $50. However, the more distinguished examples typically sell over $10,000.
In May 2005 at Sotheby’s in New York, a Queen Anne carved and figured mahogany tilt-top pie crust tea table, made in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in the mid-eighteenth century, realised a price of $102,000.
In October 2011, a rare carved and figured mahogany pie crust tea table, made in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, circa 1760, was sold through Loew-Demers Auctions, Wellesley, Massachusetts, for a realised price of $60,000.
In November 2005, a George II mahogany pie crust tea table realised a price of $78,000 through Sotheby’s, New York.
In January 2001, a very rare Chippendale carved and figured mahogany tilt-top pie crust tea table, made in Pennsylvania, circa 1765, was sold through Sotheby’s in New York for $84,125.