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Card table


Object number

RIF2741

Maker

Maker Unknown
Maker formerly attributed John Townsend, American, 1732–1809

Dimensions

Height: 28 in. (71.12 cm) Diameter: 36 in. (91.44 cm)

Date

1780–1800

Current location

Unknown

Geography

Made in Rhode Island
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Medium

Mahogany (primary); pine (stationary and hinged rails, laminations on curved rails, glue blocks, drawer linings, and drawer supports)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

None

Style

Hepplewhite

Provenance

Mrs. Lewis Simpson Conant, Brookline, Massachusetts; consigned to American Art Association-Anderson Galleries, Inc., New York, October 10, 1937, lot 171. Gary R. Sullivan Antiques, Sharon, Massachusetts, 2011

Associated names

Anderson Galleries
American Art Association
Mrs. Lewis Simpson Conant
Gary R. Sullivan Antiques, Inc.

Construction

The edge of the solid single-board hinged top is decorated with incised carving. The stationary single-board top edge is cove molded, and attached to the front twice-laminated rails with one screw pocket per front rail and two screw pockets at the stationary rail, which is joined to the hinged rail with rosehead nails. The stationary end of the hinged rail is attached to the PR rear leg with a mortise and tenon joint, exhibiting two pegs as is the hinged leg, which is rabbeted at the ressaulted top. The hinged rail has a six-tooth square hinge and a concealed drawer. Its drawer sides and back are flat topped and slightly shy of the top of the drawer front, which has two dovetails, with a half-pin above. The drawer bottom is flat, set into grooves in the drawer front and sides and nailed with brads to the drawer back. The drawer guides are dovetailed into the stationary rail and tenoned to the front rail. Drawer supports are nailed to the guides. The PR end of the stationary rail is attached to the side rail by three dovetails, with a half-pin above and below. Each rear corner contains a vertical, rectangular glue block. The legs are slightly ressaulted at the skirt, attached to it with mortise joints, and both tapered and stop-fluted. Examined by P. E. Kane and W. S. Braznell, January 21, 2011; notes compiled by T. B. Lloyd.

Bibliography

Anderson Galleries and American Art Association, New York, Fine Early American Furniture and Decorations: From the Collection of Mrs. Lewis Simpson Conant, Brookline, Mass.; J.B. McCollum, New York; Mrs. Clarence Crittendon Calhoun, Washington D.C., and Property of Other Owners, sale cat. (October 10, 1937), 40, lot 171, ill.