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Dining table


Object number

RIF3763

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

Closed: 28 x 16 x 46 in. (71.12 x 40.64 x 116.84 cm) Width, open: 51 in. (129.54 cm)

Date

1780–1785

Current location

Rokeby Museum, Ferrisburgh

Geography

Made in Portsmouth, Rhode Island
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Medium

Mahogany (primary); yellow poplar (stationary rails and glue blocks); oak (hinged rails); yellow pine (glue blocks); chestnut (glue blocks)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

Illegible markings, in chalk, on exterior of rails; "V" and "4," in chalk, on one rail

Style

Chippendale

Provenance

Mrs. Thomas Robinson (née Jemima Fish, 1761–1846), Portsmouth, Rhode Island, then Ferrisburgh, Vermont; by descent to her son Rowland T. Robinson (1796–1879), Ferrisburgh, Vermont; by descent to his son George G. Robinson (1825–1894), Ferrisburgh, Vermont; by descent to his brother Rowland E. Robinson (1833–1900), Ferrisburgh, Vermont; by descent to his wife, Anna S. Robinson (1840–1920), Ferrisburgh, Vermont; given to Rokeby Museum, Ferrisburgh, Vermont, before 1920

Associated names

Jemima Fish Robinson
Rowland T. Robinson
George G. Robinson
Rowland E. Robinson
Anna S. Robinson

Construction

The rectangular two-board square-edged top is flanked by two-board rectangular square-edged leaves, attached to it by four sets of iron hinges, (each leaf thrice-screwed) set in from the legs. The bottoms of the leaf edges are slightly chamfered. The joint between the two boards of the top is reinforced on its underside by rectangular horizontal glue blocks. The top is secured to the frame by means of horizontal glue blocks. The hinged and stationary rails are attached with rosehead nails. There are vertical rectangular glue blocks at one juncture between the fixed rail and the short rail at the swing end of the hinged rail. At the other such juncture, the glue blocks are missing. The stationary rails join the short rails in a rabbeted dovetail joint whose pins are both irregularly spaced and variously cut, with half-pins above and below. A fillet molding is applied with rosehead nails to the underside of the short skirts; it is nailed with brads to the top of the stationary legs and swing legs. One swing leg molding is missing. The hinged rail ends join their respective legs in mortise and tenon joints, each one exhibiting two wood pins. The hinged legs swing by means of round, five-knuckled wood hinges. The square legs end in Marlboro feet, the side panels being mitered at the outside corners and butt-jointed at the other corners. Examined by P.E. Kane, May 24, 2008; notes compiled by T.B. Lloyd.