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Card table


Object number

RIF3614

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

Closed: 75.57 x 76.2 x 40.64 cm (29 3/4 x 30 x 16 in.); Height, apron: 10.16 cm (4 in.)

Date

1780–1800

Current location

Private collection

Geography

Made in New York, or possibly made in Rhode Island, or possibly made in Connecticut
(view a map of Rhode Island)

Medium

Mahogany and light and dark wood inlay (primary); yellow poplar (drawer front and supports for drawer); white pine ( front and side rails); and birch (hinged and stationary rails)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

None

Style

Federal

Provenance

Private collection, 2008

Construction

The single-board serpentine-front top leaf has rounded front corners and an inlaid edge. The single-board bottom leaf has a line-inlaid and cove-molded edge. The two are joined by brass hinges at their rear corners. There is a single leaf-edge tenon. The top is secured to the frame with screw pockets- one each in the side and front rails, and two in the rear, stationary rail- and by horizontal glue blocks. The rear stationary rail is joined to the rear hinged rail with t-headed nails. There are filler blocks between the rails. Set into the rear rails is a small drawer, its support nailed with brads into the stationary rail. The drawer sides, dovetailed to the front, have flat tops flush with it. The drawer bottom is perpendicular to the front and nailed to the front sides and back. The legs join their rails in mortise and tenon joints, the swing leg exhibiting two wood pins and some repair, as well as a square, five-knuckled wood hinge. The stationary rail joins the veneered side rail with a dovetail joint. There are vertical rectangular chamfered glue blocks (two missing) at the inside corners of the frame. The legs are square, tapered and unadorned. Examined by P. E. Kane, April 4, 2008; notes compiled by T. B. Lloyd.

Notes

The diagonal inlay along skirt edge may relate to furniture attributed to Nathan Lombard, such as the desk and bookcase at the Winterthur Museum, Delaware. The presence of yellow poplar and the drawer in the rear rail, a New York practice, may point to Connecticut or New York as a possible place of manufacture.