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Card table, one of a pair


Object number

RIF706

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

Closed: 70.01 x 91.76 x 45.24 cm (27 9/16 x 36 1/8 x 17 13/16 in.); Depth, open: 90.49 cm (35 5/8 in.)

Date

1790–1810

Current location

Private collection

Geography

Made in Rhode Island
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Medium

Mahogany, mahogany veneer, and light and dark wood inlay (primary); maple (stationary rail); birch (hinged rail); pine (laminates of curved rails)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

Centering marks, in graphite, on top of wooden hinge of hinged rail

Style

Federal, Hepplewhite

Provenance

Asa Pierce, Sr. (1761–1842), Swansea, Massachusetts, or his son Asa Pierce, Jr. (1787–1868), Somerset, Massaachusetts, and Providence, Rhode Island; by descent to John Isaac Pierce; by descent to David Pierce, Sr., by descent to his son David Pierce, Jr. Private collection, 2004

Associated names

Asa Pierce, Sr.
Asa Pierce, Jr.

Construction

The single-board, half-round top has a cove-molded edge and is fixed to its conformingly shaped frame by five screw pockets – two in the inside face of the rear interior rail, and one each in the inside face of each portion of the thrice-laminated front rail. It is joined to its conformingly shaped, line-inlaid, leaf-scribed upper leaf (with a line-and-diamond inlaid square edge) by two pairs of brass hinges, set into the rear corners of each leaf edge. There are no leaf-edge joints. The front legs are joined to the veneered and inlaid front rail with two screws a piece – the upper screw is countersunk, the lower screw is not. The rear interior rail is fixed to the stationary portion of the rear exterior rail by rosehead nails. The swinging and stationary portions of the rear exterior rail are tenoned and double-wood-pinned to the tops of the rear legs. The proper right end of the stationary rail meets the rear corner of the frame in rabbeted dovetail joints, having a large, thick-necked pin with half-pins above and below. The swinging rail moves by means of a square, carved wood, five-knuckled hinge. The top of the leg at the swing leg is rabbeted to fit over the dovetailed frame corner. The square, tapering legs are flower-and-line inlaid on their outside faces only. Each leg has and inlaid cuff on all but its inward-facing side. Examined by P.E. Kane and J.N. Johnson, March 1,2014; notes compiled by T.B. Lloyd.

Notes

The floral inlay on this card table is related to inlay found on other Rhode Island card tables (see RIF709, RIF4259, RIF4262, and RIF5026).

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Bibliography

Brock Jobe, Gary R. Sullivan, and Jack O'Brien, Harbor and Home: Furniture of Southeastern Massachusetts, 1710–1850 (Hanover, N.H.: University Press of New England, 2009), 138–139, no. 43, pl. 43.