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Card table


Object number

RIF1685

Maker

Maker Judson Blake, 1789-1861, worked 1812-1838

Dimensions

Closed: 73.03 x 82.55 x 41.28 cm (28 3/4 x 32 1/2 x 16 1/4 in.)

Date

1810–1820

Current location

Unknown

Geography

Made in Providence, Rhode Island
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Medium

Mahogany (primary); white pine (stationary rail, corner blocks); maple (hinged rail)

Marks

"J. Blake," in chalk, on underside of top

Inscriptions

Unknown

Style

Hepplewhite

Provenance

Israel Sack, Inc., New York, 1977; sold to private collection

Associated names

Israel Sack, Inc.

Construction

The single-board oblong top has a cove-molded serpentine front and sides and square outset front corners. It is joined to its conformingly shaped top leaf by brass hinges in their rear corners. The edge of the upper leaf is gouge-carved. There is a single tenon joint at the center of the leaves? rear edges. The top is secured to its conformingly shaped rails by six screw pockets- two each in the long rails, and one each in the short rails. Small vertical glue blocks occupy three of the frame?s four corners- one is quarter round, the others triangular. The glue block in the proper right corner, near the swinging leg, is larger, triangular and chamfered on its bottom edge. The inner and outer rear rails are joined by rosehead nails. The rails are tenoned to their respective legs without wood pins. The gouge-carved skirt at the front and side is integral with the solid rails above, and set into grooves in the legs. The swing leg moves by means of a square, carved-wood, five-knuckled hinge. The end of the inner rear rail beside the swinging outer rail meets the side rail in a dovetail joint, with a single finely cut large, narrow-necked pin, with half-pins above and below. The openwork brackets at the front legs are applied with brads and glue. The legs are square and taper slightly. Examined by P.E. Kane and J.N. Johnson, January 27, 2014; notes compiled by T.B. Lloyd.

Bibliography

American Antiques from Israel Sack Collection, 10 vols. (Washington, D.C.: Highland House Publishers, 1957–1989), vol. 6, p. 1456, no. P4415, ill.
Michael Moses, Master Craftsmen of Newport: The Townsends and Goddards (Tenafly, N.J.: MMI Americana Press, 1984), 104, 113, fig. 3.16, 3.29.
Brock Jobe, Gary R. Sullivan, and Jack O'Brien, Harbor and Home: Furniture of Southeastern Massachusetts, 1710–1850 (Hanover, N.H.: University Press of New England, 2009), 411–412, entry 41n5.