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Card table


Object number

RIF821

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

Closed: 73.03 x 83.19 x 40.64 cm (28 3/4 x 32 3/4 x 16 in.)

Date

1770–1790

Current location

Unknown

Geography

Made in Rhode Island
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Medium

Mahogany and mahogany veneer (primary); pine (stationary rail, glue blocks, and drawer supports); maple (hinged rail); chestnut (front rail and drawer sides)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

None

Provenance

Sotheby's, New York, October 26, 1991, lot 336; sold to Leigh Keno American Antiques, New York. Sotheby's, New York, January 28, 30–31, 1994, lot 1049; sold to Vira Hladun-Goldmann (born 1935), New York; consigned to Sotheby's, New York, January 20–22, 2006, lot 542; consigned to Sotheby's, New York, January 22–23, 2010, lot 481 (withdrawn); consigned to Northeast Auctions, Portsmouth, New Hampshire (sale held Manchester, New Hampshire), August 6–8, 2010, lot 893. Northeast Auctions, Portsmouth, New Hampshire (sale held Manchester, New Hampshire), August 5–7, 2011, lot 1259. Northeast Auctions, Portsmouth, New Hampshire (sale held Manchester, New Hampshire), August 3–5, 2012, lot 756

Associated names

Sotheby's
Leigh Keno American Antiques
Vira Hladun-Goldmann
Northeast Auctions

Construction

The single-board top has a serpentine front and sides, rounded corners and a molded edge, and is joined, by brass hinges at its rear corners, to a conforming top leaf. It is secured to the frame below by multiple horizontal rectangular glue blocks, two of which are missing. The veneered and line-inlaid serpentine front skirt contains a veneered and line-inlaid small drawer with drawer supports, to which are nailed with brads, drawer guides and stops, set into grooves in the inside rail. The drawer front is attached to its slightly arched-top drawer sides, with which it is flush, by a dovetail joint, having finely cut pins, with half-pins above. The single-board drawer bottom, perpendicular to the drawer front, fits into a groove in the bottom of the drawer front, to which it is also nailed with a single brad. The drawer bottom is connected to the drawer sides by brads in the bottom of the drawer sides. The junctures of drawer front and drawer sides bear moderately prominent kerf marks and scribe lines. The serpentine front rail and straight side rails joint the legs in mortise and tenon joints, and have gadrooned skirt moldings attached to their undersides with brads. Vertical rectangular glueblocks reinforce the interior corners of the frame, and open fretwork brackets between the front legs and front rails are attached with brads. The inner rail is joined to the stationary portion of the outer rail with rosehead nails. The proper right side rail meets the stationary rail in a dovetail joint, having finely cut narrow-necked pins with half-pins above and below. The proper right rear leg swings by means of a multi-toothed square wood hinge. The straight legs are molded and beaded on their outside faces and chamfered on their inside corners. Examined by P.E. Kane, January 21, 2006; notes compiled by T.B. Lloyd.

Bibliography

Sotheby's, New York, Fine Americana, sale cat. (October 26, 1991), lot 336.
Sotheby's, New York, Fine Americana, sale cat. (January 28, 30–31, 1994), lot 1049, ill.
Sotheby's, New York, Important Americana: Including Property from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Elisha Hanson to Benefit the National Gallery of Art, sale cat. (January 20–22, 2006), 395, lot 542, ill.
Northeast Auctions, Hampton and Portsmouth, N.H., Annual Summer Americana Auction, sale cat. (August 6–8, 2010), 120, lot 893, ill.
Sotheby's, New York, Important Americana, sale cat. (January 22–23, 2010), 91, lot 481 (withdrawn).
Northeast Auctions, Portsmouth, N.H., Annual Summer Americana Auction, sale cat. (August 5–7, 2011), 110, lot 1259.
Northeast Auctions, Manchester, N.H., Annual Summer Auction, sale cat. (August 3?5, 2012), 46, lot 756, ill.