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Communion table


Object number

RIF3346

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

88.9 x 282.258 x 90.805 cm (35 x 111 1/8 x 35 3/4 in.)

Date

1680–1710

Current location

Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library

Geography

Probably made in Little Compton, Rhode Island
(view a map of Rhode Island)

Medium

White oak (rails and stretchers); white pine (top); soft maple (legs and breadboard ends of top)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

“I,” incised on interior of one rail and upper inside surface of adjacent leg; “II,” incised on interior of one rail and upper inside surface of adjacent leg; “V,” incised on interior of one rail and upper inside surface of adjacent leg

Style

Jacobean

Provenance

Possibly owned by the First Congregational Church, Little Compton, Rhode Island. Israel Sack, Inc., New York, before 1928. Winterthur Museum, Delaware, before 1982

Associated names

First Congregational Church of Little Compton
Israel Sack, Inc.

Construction

The later rectangular oblong top has ?breadboard? ends. Underneath are two (later) transverse battens. The rails below are tenoned to the rectangular tops of the inverted vasiform and reel-turned legs below, each joint showing two wood pins. The tops of the rectangular stretchers below are molded on their inside and outside corners, and the rectangular bottoms of the legs are chamfered at their inside corners. The stretchers are tenoned to the legs, each joint showing one wood pin. Examined by P. E. Kane and J. N. Johnson, April 21, 2014; notes compiled by T. B. Lloyd.

Bibliography

Wallace Nutting, Furniture Treasury, 1st ed., 3 vols. (Framingham, Mass.: Old American Company Publishers, 1928–33), vol. 1, no. 815.
Wallace Nutting, Furniture Treasury (New York: MacMillan Company, 1963), no. 815, ill.
Robert Blair St. George, The Wrought Covenant (Brockton, Mass.: Brockton Art Center-Fuller Memorial, 1979), 69, fig. 83.
John T. Kirk, American Furniture and the British Tradition to 1830 (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1982), 315, fig. 1223.