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Dining table


Object number

RIF776

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

Closed: 69.22 x 29.85 x 90.17 cm (27 1/4 x 11 3/4 x 35 1/2 in.); Width, open: 99.06 cm (39 in.); Width, frame: 28.89 cm (11 3/8 in.); Depth, frame: 59.37 cm (23 3/8 in.); Width, feet: 28.58 cm (11 1/4 in.); Depth, feet: 59.69 cm (23 1/2 in.)

Date

1740–1790

Current location

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Geography

Probably made in Newport, Rhode Island
(view a map of Rhode Island)

Medium

Mahogany (primary); birch (hinged rails); white pine (stationary rails); chestnut (glue blocks)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

None

Style

Queen Anne

Provenance

Garrett Schuyler, Watervliet, New York; sold by his estate to Dr. and Mrs. Frank Smith, Troy, New York; sold to 1750 House Antiques, Sheffield, Massachusetts; sold to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1934

Associated names

1750 House Antiques
Schuyler family
Garrett Schuyler
Dr. and Mrs. Frank Smith

Construction

The table and its supporting frame are rectangular when closed. The central top board is secured with screws countersunk into the frame and, at the sides, with pairs of rectangular glue blocks. When open, the top is oval, the central board meeting the drop leaves in rule joints and attached to them with pairs of iron strap hinges. The sides of the frame are double-railed. On each side, the outer rail is sawed into two parts by a finely cut seven-fingered knuckle-joint hinge. One part is stationary, double pegged to its adjacent leg and nailed with rose-headed nails to the inner side rail; the movable part, quadruple-pegged to its leg and forming the swing action, opens to support a raised leaf. The inner rail abuts the fixed leg at one end and is dovetailed to the skirt at the other, the joint reinforced with a vertical glue block. Source: Morrison H. Heckscher, American Furniture in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, vol. 2, Late Colonial Period: The Queen Anne and Chippendale Styles (New York: Random House, 1985), 178.

Bibliography

Morrison H. Heckscher, American Furniture in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Late Colonial Period, The Queen Anne and Chippendale Styles (New York: Random House, 1985), 178, no. 107, ill.