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Tilt-top table


Object number

RIF645

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

Height: 74.295 cm (29 1/4 in.); Diameter, top: 80.645 cm (31 3/4 in.)

Date

1740–1780

Current location

Private collection

Geography

Made in Newport, Rhode Island
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Medium

Mahogany

Marks

Unknown

Inscriptions

Unknown

Style

Queen Anne

Provenance

Private collection, New England, before 1995; consigned to Christie's, New York, June 21, 1995, lot 220; sold to a private collection

Associated names

Christie's

Construction

The circular, single-board top has an edge which is raised, molded, and slightly stepped at the transition to its underside, which is fitted with two cleats with curved end-profiles and ogee profiles at the transitions to deeper middle portions. Each cleat is fixed with four flat-headed and one dome-top screw. The top locks to the base with a brass catch latch screwed to its underside that fits into a brass plate screwed to the pedestal. Dowels integral with the pedestal top and fitted into the cleats allow the top to tilt. The rectangular wedged top of the turned, tapered pedestal is visible through the top of the block. A three-armed iron plate, attached with one dome-top screw at the center and two flat-head screws on each arm, conceals the joint between the cylindrical base of the pedestal and the three cabriole legs, which end in shod snake feet. Scribe lines and rasp marks are visible on the underside of the legs. Notes compiled by T.B. Lloyd from owner?s photographs.

Bibliography

Christie's, New York, Important American Furniture, Silver, Folk Art, and Decorative Arts, sale cat. (June 21, 1995), 122–123, lot 220, ill.