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Tilt-top table

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Maker possibly by Joseph Sanford, 1740–1784


Height: 27 in. (68.58 cm) Diameter of top: 30 in. (76.2 cm)



Current location

Private collection


Made in Newport, Rhode Island
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Mahogany (primary); birch (block)








Israel Sack, Inc., New York, 1970; sold to Ann and Philip Holzer (1919–2011), Great Neck, New York, by 1993; by descent in their family; consigned to Christie's, New York, January 20, 2017, lot 587

Associated names

Israel Sack, Inc.
Philip Holzer
Ann Holzer


The circular single-board top has a raised and molded edge. The underside steps down slightly just inside the perimeter. Fixed to it with surface-mounted screws are two tapering cleats with square edges and angled, chamfered ends. A rectangular block atop a ring-turned, tapering, fluted pedestal containing a spirally fluted vasiform element is doweled into the cleats, allowing the top to tilt and the table to stand in a corner when not in use. A brass latch secures the top to the block. The square top of the pedestal is visible in the top of the block. Three cabriole legs with rounded bottoms and rounded tops carved at the knees with scrolls and stylized foliage are dovetailed into the cylindrical bottom of the pedestal, which, like the neighboring portions of the legs, is slightly scalloped. The ovoid feet are grasped by vigorously carved claws with prominent knuckles. Notes compiled by T. B. Lloyd from photographs supplied by P. E. Kane.


American Antiques from Israel Sack Collection, 10 vols. (Washington, D.C.: Highland House Publishers, 1957–1989), vol. 3, p. 652, no. 1452, ill.
Philip Holzer, Philip and Ann Holzer Collection (n.p.: privately printed, 1990), 24–27, no. 9, fig. 9.1–9.3.
Albert Sack, The New Fine Points of Furniture: Early American (New York: Crown Publishers, 1993), 301, Superior, ill.
Patricia E. Kane, "The Palladian Style in Rhode Island Furniture: Fly Tea Tables," American Furniture (1999): 10, 12, fig. 13.
Christie's, New York, Important American Furniture, Folk Art, and Silver, sale cat. (January 20, 2017), 70–72, lot 587.