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Card table


Object number

RIF2770

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

Open: 71.12 x 68.58 x 68.58 cm (28 x 27 x 27 in.)

Date

1780–1790

Current location

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond

Geography

Made in Rhode Island
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Medium

Mahogany (primary); white pine (secondary)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

"WH," impressed, on hinged leg top

Style

Chippendale

Provenance

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, by 1978

Notes

A number of card tables attributed to Rhode Island have facades with serpentine curves in plan and section, beading or gadrooning along the lower edge of the facade, blocked corners, straight molded legs, pierced corner brackets, and gouge decoration on the top leaf edge. See the related examples below. Closely related tables have stop-fluted legs; see, for example, RIF64. Other tables lacking some of the features shared by these two groups are recorded in the database as well.

Bibliography

Peter Mooz, "American Furniture at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts," Antiques 113, no. 5 (May 1978): 1057, ill.