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Card table


Object number

RIF2632

Maker

Maker possibly by John Townsend, American, 1732–1809

Dimensions

Open: 70.17 x 91.44 x 89.22 cm (27 5/8 x 36 x 35 1/8 in.)

Date

1790–1800

Current location

Unknown

Geography

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

Medium

Mahogany with light wood inlay (primary); maple (stationary rail); birch (hinged rail); white pine (curved rails and glue blocks)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

"25[illeg.]s," in graphite, on underside of top

Style

Federal

Provenance

David Harris (1714–1797), Smithfield, and Providence, Rhode Island; by descent to his son, Stephen Harris (1753–1817), Providence, Rhode Island; by descent to his son, Benjamin Cushing Harris (1797–1872), Providence, Rhode Island; by descent to his son, Thomas Harris (1825–1898), Providence, Rhode Island; by descent in his family, until 2009; consigned to Christie's, New York, January 23, 2009, lot 228

Associated names

David Harris
Stephen Harris
Benjamin Cushing Harris
Thomas Harris
Harris family
Christie's

Construction

Both rear legs are hinged with joints that are rounded; the tops of the swing legs overlap the rails. The top is held to the frame with screws in five pockets on the curved rails and three on the stationary rail, as well as five glue blocks–two on the stationary rail and three on the curved rails. The joint of the two front legs and curved rails is strengthened with small blocks; at one time, the rear corners had quarter-round blocks. The stationary rail and the hinged rail are fastened together with four screws. The rear leaf edges have two tenons. Examined by P. E. Kane, M. Taradash, B. W. Colman, and J. S. Gordon, January 20, 2009.

Bibliography

Christie's, New York, Important American Furniture and Folk Art including English and Dutch Delft, sale cat. (January 23, 2009), lot 228, ill.
Patricia E. Kane et al., Art and Industry in Early America: Rhode Island Furniture, 1650–1830, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2016), 409n3.