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Dining table


Object number

RIF2081

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

69.215 x 95.25 x 31.433 cm (27 1/4 x 37 1/2 x 12 3/8 in.)

Date

1740–1770

Current location

Unknown

Geography

Made in Rhode Island
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Medium

Maple (primary); maple (hinged and stationary rails); chestnut (glue blocks and vertical corner blocks)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

"2" and "3," in chalk, on inside of long rails and short rails

Style

Queen Anne

Provenance

Lillian Rubin Solomon (1900–1994) and Nathan L. Solomon (1898–1975), Englewood, New Jersey, and Palm Beach, Florida; by descent to the Lillian Solomon Trust, before 2006; consigned to Sotheby's, New York, October 7, 2006, lot 287

Associated names

Nathan L. Solomon
Lillian Rubin Solomon
Lillian Solomon Trust
Sotheby's

Construction

The single-board top has a quarter round edge and is flanked by half round leaves similarly edged. The joint between them is also quarter round and they are attached to each other by four sets of iron hinges, each leaf thrice-screwed, set slightly outward from each leg. The top is held on with screw pockets- two on the outside of each stationary rail- and by horizontal rectangular glue blocks- one each at the short rails and three each at the stationary rails. The stationary and hinged rails are joined by rosehead nails. The stationary and short rails are joined by finely cut dovetails, with half-pins above and below. Those joints are reinforced by vertical rectangular glue blocks. The hinged rails are fitted with square-toothed wood hinges and attached to their hinged leg with mortise and tenon joints, each exhibiting two pins and scribe lines. The top of each hinged leg is rabbeted to fit over its stationary rail corner. There is a small notch and scribe line cut out of the bottom of the stationary portion of one hinged rail. Each leg has a rectangular portion above a rounded chamfer and turned tapered legs with outset ankles in shod pad feet. Examined by P. E. Kane, September 30, 2006; notes compiled by T. B. Lloyd.

Notes

The table is grain painted to resemble mahogany.

Bibliography

Sotheby's, New York, Important Americana Including Property from the Rhode Island Historical Society, sale cat. (October 7, 2006), 205, lot 287, ill.