A Good George III Panelled Butlers Tray On Period Stand


Circa: 1800

Depth: 21"

Height: 32"

Width: 30"

Period: George III

Location: USA

A George III butler’s tray on stand. Made from Cuban mahogany, the tray has fold down sides and stands on the a period stand that one can only assume to be original as both tray and stand are of the same quality and both a very good colour. Butler’s trays were originally used as the name suggests by the butler of the house to bring drinks, tea or cakes to the drawing room. The folding stand would be set in place by the maid and the tray placed upon it and then used to serve from. Today they are ideal to act as tall side tables in a dining or drawing room and often work well across a corner in a room breaking the right angle. This tray with its size, quality, elegant stand and good colour is a particularly decent example. The height given is to the flat serving surface and the width and depth with the sides up. With the flaps down it measures 40 inches wide and 31 inches deep .

“Really decent butler's trays with elegant period stands that are in good order are becoming difficult to find and this really is a lovely example."