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Tilt-top table


Object number

RIF4131

Maker

Maker Unknown
Maker: formerly attributed to John Goddard, 1723/24–1785

Dimensions

Height: 75.41 cm (29 11/16 in.); Diameter: 84.77 cm (33 3/8 in.); Depth: 84.46 cm (33 1/4 in.)

Date

1750–1780

Current location

Newport Restoration Foundation, Rhode Island

Geography

Made in Newport, Rhode Island
(view a map of Rhode Island)

Medium

Mahogany (primary); soft maple (block)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

"Table belonged to the grandfather of John A. Brownell, who was a town official in Westport, and lived at Hix Bridge in the house across from Remington's. Gift of Mrs. John A. Brownell," on label affixed to underside of top

Style

Chippendale

Provenance

By descent in the family of his grandfather to John A. Brownell, Westport, Massachusetts; by descent to his wife, Mrs. John A. Brownell, Westport, Massachusetts; given to an educational institution, New England, 1972; consigned to Skinner, Boston and Bolton, Massachusetts (sale held Bolton, Massachusetts), June 10, 1989, lot 118; sold to Donald Sack, Buck Hill Falls, Pennsylvania, as agent for Ann Holzer (1917–1999) and Philip Holzer (1919–2011), Great Neck, New York, 1989; consigned to Sotheby's, New York, January 20–21, 2012, lot 209; sold to Newport Restoration Foundation, Rhode Island

Associated names

John A. Brownell
Mrs. John A. Brownell
Skinner, Inc.
Donald R. Sack American Antiques
Ann Holzer
Philip Holzer
Sotheby's

Construction

The circular, single-board top has an edge which is raised, molded and slightly stepped at the transition to its underside, which is fitted with two cleats, with ogee profiles at the rounded ends and at the transitions to their deeper, asymmetrically spaced middle portions. Each cleat is fixed to the top with six screws?some flat-head, some dome-top, some countersunk, some surface mounted?apiece. The underside bears marks from having been attached to a faceplate during turning. A brass catch latch locks the top of its rectangular, edge-beaded pedestal in a brass plate. Dowels integral with the pedestal top are fitted into the cleats, allowing the top to tilt up in such a way as to stand against a wall when not in use. The rectangular, wedged top of the turned, tapering pedestal is visible through the top of the block. The sides of the pedestal base are not shaved where the legs are attached in dovetail joints. The cabriole legs, whose flat undersides have prominent scribe lines, end in stylized claw and ball feet. Examined by P.E. Kane, February 11, 1998; notes compiled by T.B. Lloyd

Bibliography

Skinner, Inc., Bolton, Mass., Americana, sale cat. (June 10, 1989), lot 118, ill.
Philip Holzer, Philip and Ann Holzer Collection (n.p.: privately printed, 1990), 22–23, no. 8A, fig. 8A.1.
Patricia E. Kane, "The Palladian Style in Rhode Island Furniture: Fly Tea Tables," American Furniture (1999): 5, 7, fig. 6.
Sotheby's, New York, Important Americana: Furniture, Folk Art, Silver, Porcelain, Prints, and Carpets, sale cat. (January 20–21, 2012), 150, lot 209, ill.