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Card table


Object number

RIF1435

Maker

Maker probably by John Goddard, 1723/24–1785

Dimensions

Open: 64.77 x 89.22 x 89.22 cm (25 1/2 x 35 1/8 x 35 1/8 in.)

Date

1760–1780

Current location

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Geography

Made in Newport, Rhode Island
(view a map of Rhode Island)

Medium

Mahogany (primary); red oak (front rail); maple and white pine (other secondary wood)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

None

Style

Chippendale

Provenance

Thomas Robinson (1731–1817), Newport, Rhode Island; by descent in his family, until 1982; consigned to Christie's, New York, June 12, 1982, lot 1999; sold to Marian M. Britton (died 1998) and James Britton (1908–1988), Houston; consigned to Sotheby's, New York, January 28–31, 1993, lot 1278; given by Marian M. Britton's estate to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1999

Associated names

Thomas Robinson
Henry A. Wood, Jr.
James L. Britton, Jr.
Christie's
Sotheby's

Construction

The top consists of two single-piece, rounded edge, half-round leaves, the lower of which is connected to the interior rear rail of the conformingly shaped frame below by two pairs of iron hinges, each leaf twice-screwed. The leaves are joined to each other by two pairs of brass hinges screwed into their rear corners. There are three leaf-edged tenon joints. The top corner of the top leaf?s rear edge is routed twice to fit over the hinges connecting the lower leaf to the frame below. The leaves open to reveal a half-round well, the veneered front of which has an applied quarter-round molding at its skirt and a brass escutcheon above the front leg surrounding a lock, whose keeper is part of an iron plate screwed to the underside of the lower leaf. The interior rear rail is joined by multiple rosehead nails to the two exterior rear rails, which are in turn attached to the rear, stationary legs with double mortise and tenon joints, exhibiting two pins each. The tops of the rear legs are rabbeted to the front skirt. The chamfered top of the middle rear leg is joined to its bifolding rail, which contains a circular, carved wood knuckle joint, with a mortise and tenon joint, showing two wood pins. The bifolding rail joins the interior rear rail in two sets of iron hinges, each leaf twice-screwed, and is flush, when closed, with the exterior rear rail, allowing the middle rear leg, which has a rounded knee, to face backward. The flanking rear legs have angular knees and all three have rounded ankles and shod pad feet. The front leg has a rounded knee, carved with stylized foliage, and an ankle with deeply carved tendons above claws and talons grasping elongated ball feet. The feet were formerly fitted with brass casters. Examined by P.E. Kane, March 8, 2004; notes compiled by T.B. Lloyd

See also


Bibliography

Ralph E. Carpenter, Jr., The Arts and Crafts of Newport, Rhode Island, 1640–1820 (Newport, R.I.: Preservation Society of Newport County, 1954), 92, no. 64, ill.
Alice Winchester, "Living with Antiques: The Newport Home of Mr. and Mrs. Henry A. Wood, Jr.," The Magazine Antiques 68, no. 6 (December 1955): 567.
"Christie's advertisement," Antiques 121, no. 6 (June 1982): 1233, ill.
Christie's, New York, Important American Furniture, Silver, and Decorative Arts, sale cat. (June 12, 1982), 96–97, lot 199, ill.
Sotheby's, New York, Fine Americana, sale cat. (January 28–31, 1993), lot 1278.
Patricia E. Kane et al., Art and Industry in Early America: Rhode Island Furniture, 1650–1830, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2016), 264n2.