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Photo: Courtesy The Chipstone Foundation, Fox Point, Wis., 1968.4; photo by Gavin Ashworth
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Tea table


Object number

RIF594

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

67.95 x 76.2 x 50.8 cm (26 3/4 x 30 x 20 in.)

Date

1740–1780

Current location

The Chipstone Foundation

Geography

Made in New England, Probably made in Rhode Island, or possibly made in southeastern Massachusetts
(view a map of Rhode Island)

Medium

Mahogany (primary); white pine and yellow poplar (secondary)

Marks

Unknown

Inscriptions

Unknown

Style

Queen Anne

Provenance

By descent in the family of Miss E. B. Laight, Salem, Massachusetts; sold to John S. Walton, Inc., New York, 1967; sold to Polly Mariner Stone (1898–1995) and Stanley Stone (1896–1987), Fox Point, Wisconsin, 1968; bequeathed by Stanley Stone to The Chipstone Foundation, Fox Point, Wisconsin, 1987

Associated names

Miss E. B. Laight
John S. Walton, Inc.
Stanley Stone
Polly Mariner Stone

Construction

The frame of the table is formed of rails of mahogany tenoned to the upper parts of the legs and pegged. The upper parts of the legs are squared and form the corners of the table below the top. The framing rails are visible at the sides in the friezelike areas between the cove molding immediately below the top and the bead molding just above the skirt. The sections of the skirt on each side are applied directly to the lower portions of these framing rails. The top is one large thin piece of mahogany the sides of which are visible as a bead molding immediately above the cove molding circumscribing the table. Long strips, as well as shorter pieces, of shaped mahogany are nailed to the top in order to create the dished effect at the sides and corners respectively. The mahogany slides run between strips of wood stretching the width of the table in the interior; these are made of white pine and poplar and are applied to the framing rails. A number of original bracing and corner blocks of white pine remain. Source: Oswaldo Rodriguez Roque, American Furniture at Chipstone (Madison, Wis.: University of Wisconsin Press, 1984), 270.

Bibliography

Charles F. Montgomery and Patricia E. Kane, eds., American Art: 1750–1800 Towards Independence, exh. cat. (Boston: New York Graphic Society, 1976), 148, 294, no. 95, ill.
Oswaldo Rodriguez Roque, American Furniture at Chipstone (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1984), 270–271, no. 125, ill.