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Card table


Object number

RIF2084

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

Closed: 71.12 x 91.44 x 43.18 cm (28 x 36 x 17 in.)

Date

1790–1810

Current location

Unknown

Geography

Probably made in Rhode Island
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Medium

Mahogany (primary); white pine (front and side rails, stationary rail, and corner blocks); birch (stationary rail)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

"P ALLEN / 1981," in graphite, on exterior of hinged rail near proper left corner

Style

Federal

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; consigned to Sotheby's, New York, October 7, 2006, lot 269

Associated names

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

Construction

The bottom leaf is fastened to the frame with screws in pockets in the rails (two at the rear, one on each side, and three at the front). The leaves have two leaf-edge tenons to stabilize the top when open; the underside of the lower leaf has vertical sawmill marks. Vertical blocks with a chamfered corner, some of them two piece, reinforce the joints in each corner. The front rail has a single horizontal lamination. The stationary rail and the hinged rail are fastened together with eight cut nails to the left of the hinge with square teeth. The fixed part of the hinged rail stops short of the leg; the gap is filled with a block. Examined by P. E. Kane, September 30, 2006.

Bibliography

Sotheby's, New York, Important Americana Including Property from the Rhode Island Historical Society, sale cat. (October 7, 2006), 189, lot 269, ill.