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Tilt-top table


Object number

RIF1326

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

Height: 67.945 cm (26 3/4 in.); Top: 79.06 x 80.65 cm (31 1/8 x 31 3/4 in.)

Date

1770–1790

Current location

Historic Deerfield, Inc.

Geography

Made in Newport, Rhode Island
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Medium

Mahogany (primary); maple (block)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

None

Style

Queen Anne

Provenance

Henry N. Flynt (1893–1970), Deerfield, Massachusetts; given to Historic Deerfield, Inc., Massachusetts, 1955

Associated names

Henry N. Flynt

Construction

The circular, single-board top has an edge which is raised, molded, not stepped below, and fitted on its underside with two unusually short, asymmetrically arranged cleats, with ogee end-profiles and quarter-round profiles at the transition to deeper, middle portions, each cleat fixed to it with four screws apiece. A brass catch latch under the top locks it to its pedestal in a brass plate. Dowels integral with the pedestal top and fitted into the cleats allow it to tilt up in such a way as to sit against a wall when not in use. The circular, wedged top of the pedestal is visible through the top of the block. The tapered, columnar pedestal includes an urn-form, spirally fluted element above a cylindrical base, the bottom of which is scalloped, as are the tops of the cabriole legs attached to it with dovetail joints. The sides of the pedestal base have been shaved flat where the legs attach. The underside of the pedestal and legs bear holes attesting to the former presence of a metal plate. The legs have rounded undersides and slightly angular shod snake feet. Notes compiled by T.B. Lloyd from photographs supplied by Historic Deerfield, Inc.

Notes

PEK examined 01-10-99

Bibliography

"Deerfield Revisited," Antiques 75, no. 5 (May 1959): 464, ill.
Dean A. Fales, Jr., The Furniture of Historic Deerfield (New York: E. P. Dutton and Company, 1976), 152, fig. 320.
Five College Museums/Historic Deerfield Collections Database, "Tea Table, HD 55.198," http://museums.fivecolleges.edu/detail.php?museum=hd&t=objects&type=all&f=&s=55.198&record=0 (accessed September 12, 2013).