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Card table


Object number

RIF3871

Maker

Maker Samuel and Joseph Rawson, Jr., active 1826 - 1852
Alternate name(s): S. and J. Rawson, Jr.

Dimensions

Closed: 70.49 x 93.03 x 46.67 cm (27 3/4 x 36 5/8 x 18 3/8 in.)

Date

1828–1835

Current location

Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design

Geography

Made in Providence, Rhode Island
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Medium

Mahogany with mahogany veneer (primary); mahogany (disk that top rotatoes on); pine (rails, case bottom, central batten, and core of blocks above feet); yellow poplar (bottom of interior compartment)

Marks

"Furniture Warehouse / S. & J. Rawson, Jr. / NO. 68, BROAD STREET, PROVIDENCE / HAVE CONSTANTLY ON HAND, OF THEIR OWN MANUFACTURE, AND WILL MAKE TO ORDER, / ALL KINDS OF / CABINET FURNITURE, / SUCH AS / SIDEBOARDS, SECRETARIES AND BOOK-CASES, SOFAS, &C. / Which they will dispose of as cheap as any regular Cabinet Maker in town. / ALSO, [column left] PIER TABLES, a very superior article; / Pillar, Claw, Card and Dinin[g T]ABLES; [column right] WARDROBES, BUREAUS; / Mahogany and birch BEDSTEADS / All orders from a distance will be thankfully received and punctually attended to," printed on paper label glued to bottom of interior compartment

Inscriptions

Crisscrossed lines, incised on underside of central batten

Style

Empire

Provenance

Adnah Sackett (1796–1860), Providence, Rhode Island; by descent to his son, Frederick Sackett (1840–1913), Providence, Rhode Island; by descent to his daughter, Elizabeth P. Hazard; by descent to her daughter, Elizabeth Hazard, by 1976; given to the Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, 1976

Associated names

Adnah Sackett
Frederick Sackett
Elizabeth P. Hazard
Elizabeth Hazard

Construction

The oblong, single-board lower leaf has rounded corners, and is joined to its conformingly shaped top leaf by brass hinges set into the leaves? rear corners. The upper, veneered, conformingly shaped leaf consists of three pieces – a large longitudinal board tenoned into two transverse boards. There is a single leaf-edge joint at the center of the leaves, being a small tenon on the edge of the bottom leaf and a mortise on the top leaf. The conformingly shaped frame below is veneered on all four sides; at its skirt is an applied gold- and black-stenciled decorative border. The frame?s four primary rails are joined by invisible means. Transverse rails adjacent to the side rails are dovetailed to the rounded corner rails and to the rear and side rails. Above the proper left transverse rail is a storage well lined with orange paper. The width of the well is approximately half the length of the frame. The single-board bottom of the well, parallel to the front rail, is nailed with brads to the bottom of its sides. A transverse board is set into grooves in the front and rear rails and attached to the underside of the top. Beside it is a rectangular block attached to the underside of the top with two screws. On the underside of the transverse board, near the rear rail, is a circular pivot mechanism with a chamfered edge, screwed into the underside of the top, which allows the leaves to be arranged perpendicularly to the frame. Doweled into the transverse rails are four veneered columns with separate, solid, turned bases and capitals, also doweled into veneered rectangular transverse struts, joined by a veneered cylindrical stretcher, and supported by animal-paw- and acanthus-carved feet cut from the solid, cut out underneath and fitted with casters. The joints between strut and stretcher are secured by screws in the underside of the struts. Examined by P. E. Kane and J. N. Johnson, June, 2014; notes compiled by T. B. Lloyd.

See also


Bibliography

Christopher P. Monkhouse, "American Furniture Recently Acquired by the Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design," Antiques 118, no. 1 (July 1980): 131, fig. 8.
Christopher P. Monkhouse and Thomas S. Michie, American Furniture in Pendleton House (Providence: RISD Museum, 1986), 142–143, no. 81, ill.