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Photo: Courtesy of Gary R. Sullivan Antiques Inc., Sharon, Mass.; photo by Matthew J. Buckley
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Tea table


Object number

RIF3429

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

64.453 x 82.55 x 53.658 cm (25 3/8 x 32 1/2 x 21 1/8 in.)

Date

1740–1780

Current location

Private collection

Geography

Made in Rhode Island
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Medium

Mahogany (primary); pine (glue blocks)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

Lumber marks, incised on interior of one of short rails

Style

Queen Anne

Provenance

Gary R. Sullivan Antiques, Inc., Sharon, Massachusetts, 2007

Associated names

Gary R. Sullivan Antiques, Inc.

Construction

A beaded, quarter round molding is applied with wood-filled fasteners to the perimeter of the single-board, oblong, rectangular top, the edge of which is visible beneath the molding. The underside of the top is cut out at its perimeter and at each corner, where there are vertical triangular chamfered glue blocks at the inside faces of the blocks atop each leg. The top is secured to its frame by fasteners under its applied molding. The rails are tenoned to the legs without wood pins. A quarter round molding is fixed with wood-filled fasteners to the bottom of each rail?s outside face. At each leg are two incurvate knee brackets, glued, nailed to, and flush with the quarter round and the top of each cabriole leg. The square-sectioned cabriole legs have angular knees, slightly ridged ankles, rounded heels and slightly ridged slipper feet. Examined by P. E. Kane, July 1, 2014; notes compiled by T. B. Lloyd.

Bibliography

Patricia E. Kane et al., Art and Industry in Early America: Rhode Island Furniture, 1650–1830, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2016), 213n4.