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Side table


Object number

RIF3010

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

83.82 x 64.77 x 68.58 cm (33 x 25 1/2 x 27 in.)

Date

1770–1790

Current location

Unknown

Geography

Made in Rhode Island
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Medium

Mahogany (primary); chestnut (glue blocks and drawer liners); poplar (drawer guides); white pine (drawer supports); maple (brackets)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

Illegible inscription, in graphite, on interior of drawer back

Style

Chippendale

Provenance

G. and B. Arons, Ansonia, Connecticut, before 1953; sold to John W. Batdorf, Meadowbrook, Pennsylvania, and Williamsburg, Virginia, 1953; consigned by his estate to Sotheby's, New York, June 17–18, 1997, lot 209; Sotheby's, New York, January 18, 1998, lot 1452; sold to Nathan Liverant and Son, Colchester, Connecticut, 1998; sold to Lesley and George Schoedinger, Saint Louis, Missouri, 1998; consigned to Christie's, New York, January 18, 2008, lot 493

Associated names

G. and B. Arons
John W. Batdorf
Sotheby's
Nathan Liverant and Son
George and Lesley Schoedinger
Christie's

Construction

The oblong, single-piece top has a molded edge and is secured to its frame by four longitudinal glue blocks, by four tapered blocks set into grooves in the interior faces of the short rails and fixed with rosehead and other nails to the underside, and by a transverse brace, set into grooves in the interior faces of the long rails and fixed with screws, some countersunk, to the underside. The full-depth drawer runs on supports nailed with brads to the drawer guides fixed to the inside of the short rails. The full-width drawer front has a lipped, molded edge and meets its arched-top, full-height drawer sides, of which it is proud, in a dovetail joint, having thick-necked pins, with half-pins above. The drawer front bears prominent kerf marks. The single-board drawer bottom, perpendicular to the front, is fixed with brads and rosehead nails to the bottom of the flat-topped drawer back. The rails have a beaded edge which is continuous with the inside molded edge of the outside faces of the legs, which are unmolded on their inside faces. The rails are tenoned and double-wood-pinned to the legs. Examined by P.E. Kane, January 14, 2008; notes compiled by T.B. Lloyd.

Bibliography

Sotheby's, New York, Important Americana, sale cat. (June 17–18, 1997), lot 209, ill.
Sotheby's, New York, Important Americana, Furniture, and Folk Art, sale cat. (January 18, 1998), lot 1452, ill.
Christie's, New York, Property from the Collection of George and Lesley Schoedinger, sale cat. (January 18, 2008), 31, lot 493, ill.