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Tea table


Object number

RIF878

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

64.77 x 79.375 x 52.388 cm (25 1/2 x 31 1/4 x 20 5/8 in.)

Date

1740–1780

Current location

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Geography

Made in Rhode Island
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Medium

Mahogany

Marks

None

Inscriptions

"x," incised, underside of top at one short end; illegible chalk, on underside of top

Style

Queen Anne

Provenance

By descent in the Barats family, New London, Connecticut, before 1957; Ginsburg and Levy, Inc., New York, 1957; sold to Ima Hogg (1882–1975), Houston, Texas, 1957; given to The Bayou Bend Collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1957

Associated names

Barats family
Ginsburg and Levy, Inc.
Ima Hogg

Construction

A beaded, quarter-round molding is applied with wood-filled fasteners to the perimeter of the single-board, oblong, rectangular top, the edge of which is visible beneath the molding. The underside of the top is cut out at its perimeter and at each corner, where there are shadows of glue blocks at the inside faces of the rectangular blocks atop each leg. The top is secured to its frame by fasteners under its applied molding. The rails are tenoned to the legs without wood pins. A quarter round molding is fixed with wood-filled fasteners to the bottom of each rail?s outside face. At each leg are two ogee-shaped brackets flush with the quarter round, glued to it, and to the bottom of each rail and to each leg. The square-sectioned cabriole legs have angular knees and calves, rounded ankles, and slightly ridged slipper feet with rounded heels. Examined by P. E. Kane and J. N. Johnson, August 11, 2014; notes compiled by T. B. Lloyd.

Bibliography

David B. Warren, Bayou Bend: American Furniture, Paintings, and Silver from the Bayou Bend Collection (Houston: Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1975), 32, fig. 60.
Michael Moses, Master Craftsmen of Newport: The Townsends and Goddards (Tenafly, N.J.: MMI Americana Press, 1984), 45, fig. 1.30.
Sotheby's, New York, Important Americana: The Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Adolph Henry Meyer, sale cat. (January 20, 1996), lot 115, ill.
David B. Warren et al., American Decorative Arts and Paintings in the Bayou Bend Collection, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (Houston: Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1998), 37, no. F64, ill.