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Card table


Object number

RIF3403

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

Closed: 73.03 x 91.44 x 45.72 cm (28 3/4 x 36 x 18 in.)

Date

1775–1795

Current location

Unknown

Geography

Made in Rhode Island
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Medium

Mahogany (primary); white pine (stationary rail); cherry (hinged rails); maple (drawer sides); oak (drawer bottom)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

Illegible script, in graphite, inside face of proper right transverse brace

Style

Hepplewhite

Provenance

Bernard and S. Dean Levy, Inc., New York, 1986

Associated names

Bernard and S. Dean Levy, Inc.

Construction

The veneered and inlaid half-round top consists of two leaves with square, inlaid edges, joined to each other by brass hinges set into their rear-corner edges, and to their conformingly shaped skirt by screw pockets in the rail above the drawer and in the inside faces of the thrice-laminated side rails. Large vertical chamfered glue blocks occupy the rear corner of the frame. There are smaller one in the corners between the transverse braces and the front skirt. There are two screws in the underside of the skirt, each set slightly outward of the front legs. The drawer in the middle of the skirt has a bowed and inlaid front which meets its flat-topped drawer sides, of which it is slightly proud, in dovetail joints, having finely cut, narrow-necked pins, with half-pins above. The single-board drawer bottom, parallel to the front, is set into grooves in the drawer front and full-height sides, and nailed with brads to the flat-topped drawer back. The drawer is enclosed by transverse braces set into grooves in the inner back rail. Chamfered runners are fixed with brads to these braces, and drawer guides above are glued to the underside of the lower top leaf and nailed to them with brads. Vertical drawer stops are attached to the inner back rail. The rear, proper right leg swings by means of a carved wood, five-knuckled circular hinge. The inner back rail is set into grooves at the end of the side rails. The square, tapering legs are line-inlaid on their front and side faces. Examined by P.E. Kane, August 5, 2010; notes compiled by T.B. Lloyd

Bibliography

Bernard and S. Dean Levy, Inc., Gallery Catalogue (New York: Bernard and S. Dean Levy, Inc., 1974–2003), vol. 5, p. 91.