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Dining table


Object number

RIF3456

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

Closed: 68.58 x 43.18 x 137.16 cm (27 x 17 x 54 in.)

Date

1750–1780

Current location

Unknown

Geography

Made in Rhode Island
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Medium

Maple (primary); yellow pine (stationary rails); oak (hinged rails)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

None

Style

Queen Anne

Provenance

Nathan Liverant and Son, Colchester, Connecticut, by 1996; sold to Lesley and George Schoedinger, Saint Louis, 1996; consigned to Christie's, New York, January 18, 2008, lot 509

Associated names

Nathan Liverant and Son
George and Lesley Schoedinger
Christie's

Construction

The oblong, single-board top has bowed ends and a quarter round edge, and is secured to its frame by wood pins and by (later, possibly replaced) transverse braces set into grooves in the inner rails of the frame. The two-board, half-round flanking leaves join the top by means of six pairs of iron hinges, each leaf of which is thrice-screwed, laid out asymmetrically about the frame. The joint between top and leaves is quarter round. The inner and outer rails are joined by rosehead nails. The ends of the inner rails meet the short, scalloped end rails in dovetail joints, having large, thick-necked pins with half-pins above and below. The ends of the rails which contain the swing rails are tenoned and wood-pinned multiple times to the rabbeted blocks atop the legs. The legs move by means of square, carved wood, five-knuckled hinges. The cutout into which the hinges fit when closed, is diagonal. The round, tapering legs have outset pad feet. Examined by P. E. Kane, January 14, 2008; notes compiled by T. B. Lloyd.

Bibliography

Christie's, New York, Property from the Collection of George and Lesley Schoedinger, sale cat. (January 18, 2008), 54, lot 509, ill.