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Card table


Object number

RIF2085

Maker

Maker Unknown
Maker formerly attributed Thomas Howard, Jr., 1774–1833
Alternate spelling(s): Thomas Howard

Dimensions

Closed: 72.39 x 90.17 x 45.09 cm (28 1/2 x 35 1/2 x 17 3/4 in.)

Date

1790–1810

Current location

Unknown

Geography

Made in Providence, Rhode Island
(view a map of Rhode Island)

Medium

Mahogany and light wood inlay (primary); eastern white pine (stationary and laminated rails and corner blocks); maple (hinged rails)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

Chalk marks below each screw pocket in rails

Style

Federal

Provenance

Rhode Island Historical Society, Providence, before 2006; consigned to Sotheby's, New York, October 7, 2006, lot 239

Associated names

The Rhode Island Historical Society
Sotheby's

Construction

The curved rails have two laminations. The top is held in place with screws in pockets: one on each of the curved rails and two on the exterior of the hinged rail on each side of the hinge, which has five square teeth. Four nails fasten the stationary and hinged rails together. The stationary rail is dovetailed to the side rail at the hinged rail side and is tenoned to the other rear leg, offset to outside. There is a filler block between the hinged and stationary rails and a filler block on the hinged rail at the junction of the rail and leg. Each rear corner is reinforced with rounded blocks. Examined by P. E. Kane and M. Taradash, October 4, 2006.

Notes

The pictorial inlay of crossed leaves on this table has traditionally been associated with Rhode Island since it is found on sideboards attributed to Thomas Howard of Providence.

See also


Bibliography

Sotheby's, New York, Important Americana Including Property from the Rhode Island Historical Society, sale cat. (October 7, 2006), 172, lot 239, ill.