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Card table


Object number

RIF2574

Maker

Maker Unknown
Maker: formerly attributed to Job Townsend, Sr., 1699 - 1765

Dimensions

Closed: 71.12 x 83.82 x 41.91 cm (28 x 33 x 16 1/2 in.)

Date

1770–1780

Current location

Private collection

Geography

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

Medium

Mahogany (primary); mahogany (stop for the hinged rails); maple (hinged rail); possibily cherry (stationary rail), and chestnut (glue blocks)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

None

Style

Chippendale

Provenance

The Smith family, Providence, Rhode Island; to Nathan Fowler, Canandaigua, New York, who married a member of the Smith family of Providence; to his son, Rochester, New York; to his daughter Mrs. Charles McGrath (née Elizabeth Fowler), New York; by descent to her husband Charles McGarth; sold to Ginsburg and Levy, New York, 1969. Bernard and S. Dean Levy, Inc., New York, 1976, 1977, and 2012

Associated names

Smith Family
Nathan Fowler
Fowler family
Elizabeth Fowler
Ginsburg and Levy, Inc.
Bernard and S. Dean Levy, Inc.

Construction

The top is secured to the frame with triangular glue blocks--three across the front, one at each end, and two across the back--some of which are replaced, and screws through pockets in the frame--two each on the front and rear rail. The stationary rail is secured to the hinged rail by four screws at the center of the rail between the two hinges with rounded knuckles. The joints of the legs to the frame are strengthened by a vertical block in each corner. A stop in nailed to the exterior of the hinged rail between the hinges. The alignment of the top when open is facilitated by two leaf-edge tenons on the back edge of the top leaf. The tops of the hinged legs have been rabetted to fit over the ends of the side rails. Examined by P. E. Kane, April 21, 2012.

Bibliography

"Ginsburg and Levy, Inc., advertisement," Antiques 96, no. 6 (December 1969): 802, ill.
Bernard and S. Dean Levy, Inc., Gallery Catalogue (New York: Bernard and S. Dean Levy, Inc., 1974–2003), vol. 3, 49, ill.
"Bernard and S. Dean Levy, Inc., advertisement," Antiques 110, no. 4 (October 1976): 613, ill.
Liza Moses and Michael Moses, "Authenticating John Townsend's and John Goddard's Queen Anne and Chippendale Tables," Antiques 121, no. 5 (May 1982): 1143, (details), fig. 32, 32a–b.
"Talking Antiques: Frank Levy, Bernard and S. Dean Levy, Inc., New York," Antiques (May–June 2012): 66, ill.