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Tea table


Object number

RIF1028

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

66.675 x 78.105 x 53.34 cm (26 1/4 x 30 3/4 x 21 in.)

Date

1730–1750

Current location

Shelburne Museum, Vermont

Geography

Made in Rhode Island
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Medium

Mahogany (primary); white pine (rails); yellow poplar (blocks)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

"Mrs. S B Wheaton [or Wharton]," in graphite, on underside of top in nineteenth-century script

Style

Queen Anne

Provenance

Mrs. S. B. Wheaton [or Wharton]. John Kenneth Byard (1885–1959), Norwalk, Connecticut; sold to Electra Havemeyer Webb (1888–1960), Shelburne, Vermont; given to Shelburne Museum, Vermont, by 1954

Associated names

Mrs. S. B. Wheaton [or Wharton]
John Kenneth Byard
Electra Havemeyer Webb

Construction

The oblong, octagonal, single-board top has a beaded-cove lip, applied with brads. It is secured by triangular glue blocks and by countersunk screws to the octagonal frame below, which has a convex, beaded veneer, applied with brads. The six short rails of the frame are rectangular in profile at their underside; the two long rails are deeply chamfered. Inside the mitred joints of the frame are wood wedges reinforced with nails. The legs, which lack knee brackets, have faceted cabriole knees, square-sectioned in back, above turned, tapering legs ending in six-toed shod feet with paneled ankles. Examined by P. E. Kane, May 23, 2008; notes compiled by T.B. Lloyd

Bibliography

Ralph E. Carpenter, Jr., The Arts and Crafts of Newport, Rhode Island, 1640–1820 (Newport, R.I.: Preservation Society of Newport County, 1954), 103, no. 75, ill.
Alice Winchester, "The Shelburne Museum," Antiques 66, no. 2 (August 1954): 121, ill.
"Calendar," Antiques 158, no. 2 (August 2000): 166.