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Object number

RIF1421

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

Height: 27 1/4 in. (69.215 cm) Width, top: 33 3/4 in. (85.725 cm) Width, frame: 27 7/8 in. (70.803 cm) Width, feet: 28 1/2 in. (72.39 cm) Depth, top: 23 in. (58.42 cm) Depth, frame: 18 in. (45.72 cm) Depth, feet: 18 1/2 in. (46.99 cm)

Date

1780–1800

Current location

Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library

Geography

Possibly made in Providence, Rhode Island
(view a map of Rhode Island)

Medium

Mahogany, mahogany veneers (primary); maple (rails); white pine (glue blocks); mahogany (glue blocks supporting the brackets)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

None

Style

Chippendale

Provenance

John Wanamaker Company, Au Quatrieme, New York; sold to Henry Francis du Pont (1880–1969), Winterthur, Delaware, 1930; bequeathed to Winterthur Museum and Country Estate, 1969

Associated names

John Wanamaker and Company
Henry Francis du Pont

Construction

The one-piece top, ogee-molded on all four sides, has a deeper overhang on the ends than on the long sides. The top is attached to the frame with glue blocks on all the rails; it also now is nailed from the underside of the frame. The veneered rails are tenoned and double-pinned to the legs. A carved, interrupted bead molding is nailed to the lower edge of the frame. The pierced knee brackets, nailed to the legs and rails, are supported on the inside by triangular glue blocks. The stop-fluted legs are chamfered on the inner edge; a conforming platform is nailed to the bottom of the leg. Source: Nancy E. Richards and Nancy Goyne Evans, New England Furniture at Winterthur, (Winterthur, Del.: Winterthur Publications, 1997), 227.

Bibliography

"John Wanamaker New York Collection," Antiquarian 15, no. 5 (November 1930): 14, ill.
Joseph Downs, American Furniture: Queen Anne and Chippendale Periods in the Henry Francis DuPont Winterthur Museum (New York: MacMillan Company, 1952), no. 371, ill.
Nancy E. Richards and Nancy Goyne Evans, New England Furniture at Winterthur: Queen Anne and Chippendale Periods (Winterthur, Del.: Winterthur Publications, 1997), 226–227, no. 114, ill.