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Dining table


Object number

RIF1014

Maker

Maker Unknown
Maker of hinges John Palmer, active 1750 - 1770

Dimensions

Height: 71.12 cm (28 in.); Diameter, top: 128.27 cm (50 1/2 in.)

Date

1750–1770

Current location

Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design

Geography

Made in Newport, Rhode Island
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Medium

Mahogany (primary); maple (secondary)

Marks

Probably “IP,” stamped on hinges on underside of top

Inscriptions

Loops, in graphite, on exterior of one hinged rail on either side of hinge; “X,” incised on interior of one short rail and one long rail; “X,” incised on exterior of one long rail and on adjacent underside of top

Style

Queen Anne

Provenance

Thomas Mawney Potter (1814–1890), Kingstown, Rhode Island; by descent to his sister Mary E. Potter (1820–1901), South Kingstown, Rhode Island; by descent to her nephew James Brown Mason Potter, Jr., (1850–1916), South Kingstown, Rhode Island; by descent to his wife, Isabella L. Potter (1860–1926), South Kingstown, Rhode Island; sold to Commander William Davis Miller (1887–1959), Wakefield, Rhode Island; bequeathed to the Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, 1959

Associated names

Thomas Mawney Potter
Mary E. Potter
James Brown Mason Potter, Jr.
Isabella L. Potter
Commander William Davis Miller

Bibliography

Christopher P. Monkhouse, "American Furniture Recently Acquired by the Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design," Antiques 118, no. 1 (July 1980): 128, fig. 1.
Christopher P. Monkhouse and Thomas S. Michie, American Furniture in Pendleton House (Providence: RISD Museum, 1986), 126, no. 63.