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Photo: Courtesy Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn., Gift of Benjamin A. Hewitt, B.A. 1943, Ph.D. 1952, 1977.183.2
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Card table

Object number



Maker Joseph Rawson and Son, active 1808–26


Closed: 27 7/8 x 36 13/16 x 17 11/16 in. (70.8 x 93.5 x 44.93 cm)



Current location

Yale University Art Gallery


Made in Providence, Rhode Island
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Mahogany and mahogany and soft maple veneers (primary); spruce (front rail); hemlock (side rails); eastern white pine (inner rear rail and glue blocks); hard maple (hinged rail); hickory (hinge pin)


"+JR no / 1," in chalk, on underside of top; "JOSEPH RAWSON & SON, / Cabinet and Chair Makers, / NEAR THE THEATRE.....SUGAR-LANE, / PROVIDENCE, / Rh[ode Is] land.," printed on paper label glued inside of hinged rail






Mrs. Ray Carmichael, Hamden, Connecticut, before 1976; sold to Benjamin Attmore Hewitt (1921–2006), New Haven, Connecticut, then Wakefield, Rhode Island, 1976; given to the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut, 1977

Associated names

Mrs. Ray Carmichael
Benjamin Attmore Hewitt


The hinged leg overlaps the corner of the frame. There are no leaf-edge tenons. The hinged teeth are rectangular and the front rail is cut from the solid. Examined by P. E. Kane and D. Barquist, October 1989.


Eleanore Bradford Monahon, "The Rawson Family of Cabinetmakers in Providence, Rhode Island," Antiques 118, no. 1 (July 1980): 141, fig. 13.
Benjamin Attmore Hewitt, Patricia E. Kane, and Gerald W. R. Ward, The Work of Many Hands: Card Tables in Federal America, 1790–1820, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1982), 149–151, no. 31, ill.
David L. Barquist, Elisabeth Donaghy Garrett, and Gerald W. R. Ward, American Tables and Looking Glasses in the Mabel Brady Garvan and Other Collections at Yale University (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1992), 206–208, no. 106.