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Dining table


Object number

RIF3621

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

Open: 70.49 x 111.13 x 114.3 cm (27 3/4 x 43 3/4 x 45 in.); Width, outside rail tenons: 0.953 cm (3/8 in.); Width, rail: 4.128 cm (1 5/8 in.); Width, interior rail: 2.381 cm (15/16 in.)

Date

1760–1780

Current location

Unknown

Geography

Made in Newport, Rhode Island
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Medium

Mahogany (primary); birch (hinged rails); yellow poplar (stationary rails)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

"1," "3," and other illegible markings, in graphite, on exterior of hinged rails

Style

Chippendale

Provenance

Skinner, Inc., Boston and Bolton, Massachusetts (sale held Boston), June 8, 2008, lot 38

Associated names

Skinner, Inc.

Construction

The oblong, single-board, square-edge top has bowed ends and is joined to its half-round, square-edge leaves by four pairs of iron hinges, each hinge leaf thrice-screwed. The joint between top and leaves is quarter round. The top is secured to its frame by means of multiple screw pockets, glue blocks, and metal brackets. Traces of glue blocks on the inner rails have no corresponding shadows on the underside of the top. The inner rails bear notches indicating the former presence of transverse braces. Later vertical rectangular glue blocks occupy each corner of the frame. The inner and outer rails are joined by rosehead nails. The inner rails meet the rectangular blocks atop the legs in rabbeted dovetail joints, having finely cut narrow-necked pins, with half-pins above and below. The swinging legs meet the outer rails in mortise and tenon joints, having multiple wood pins, some later. Attached with glue and nails to the short, straight skirts are carved knee brackets, some later. The legs swing by means of round, carved wood, five-knuckled hinges. The square-sectioned cabriole legs have angular knees, deeply carved tendons, and claws with undercut talons grasping elongated ball feet. Some of the feet have been extensively repaired; they were formerly fitted with casters. Examined by P. E. Kane, June 8, 2008; notes compiled by T. B. Lloyd.

Bibliography

Skinner, Inc., Boston, American Furniture and Decorative Arts, sale cat. (June 8, 2008), 25, lot 38, ill.