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Tea table


Object number

RIF1617

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

65.405 x 78.105 x 51.435 cm (25 3/4 x 30 3/4 x 20 1/4 in.)

Date

1740–1780

Current location

Unknown

Geography

Made in Rhode Island
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Medium

Mahogany (primary); yellow poplar (glue blocks)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

None

Style

Queen Anne

Provenance

Israel Sack, Inc., New York, 1959. Christie's, New York, January 21, 2011, lot 71

Associated names

Israel Sack, Inc.
Christie's

Construction

The single-board sub-top bears toothing plane marks on its underside, and is attached to the skirt by means of long rectilinear glue blocks on the long sides, the sole remaining one reinforced by a small chamfered block. The opposite side retains a single, small, chamfered glue block. The molding at the perimeter of the upper top is nailed to itself at its mitered corners and to the frame below by brads. The legs are joined to the skirts by mortise and tenon joints; no pins are visible. Chamfered (original) and rectangular (later) vertical glue blocks reinforce the joints between skirts and legs. The knee brackets are nailed with brads to the legs at the knees and glued to the skirts above. The cabriole legs are square in section, with sharp knees, and rounded slipper feet. Examined by J. S. Gordon and P. E. Kane January 19, 2011; notes compiled by T.B. Lloyd

Bibliography

American Antiques from Israel Sack Collection, 10 vols. (Washington, D.C.: Highland House Publishers, 1957–1989), vol. 1, p. 62, no. 199, ill.
Christie's, New York, Important American Furniture, Folk Art, English Pottery, Rugs, and Prints, sale cat. (January 21, 2011), 58–59, lot 71, ill.