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Tilt-top table


Object number

RIF4202

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

Height: 68.58 cm (27 in.); Diameter, top: 78.74 cm (31 in.)

Date

1740–1780

Current location

Unknown

Geography

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

Medium

Mahogany

Marks

Unknown

Inscriptions

Unknown

Style

Queen Anne

Provenance

Henry C. Brownell (1929–2008), Fall River, Massachusetts, before 2008; consigned by his estate to Fontaine's Auction Gallery, Pittsfield, Massachusetts, October 18, 2008, Lot 70; private collection, 2008

Associated names

Henry C. Brownell
Fontaine's Auction Gallery

Construction

The circular, single-board top has a raised, molded edge. The underside steps down slightly just inside the perimeter. Fixed to it with countersunk and surface-mounted screws are two cleats with square, ogee-shaped ends, slightly rounded edges, and ogee-shaped transitions from shallower to deeper portions. The cleats do not align precisely with each other. A rectangular block with slightly chamfered bottom edges and a beaded top edge sits atop a ring-turned and slightly tapering pedestal, and is doweled into the cleats, allowing the top to tilt and the table to stand against a wall when not in use. A brass latch secures the top to the block. The square, wedged top of the pedestal is visible in the top of the block. The three cabriole legs have rounded tops and end in shod snake feet. Notes compiled by T. B. Lloyd from photographs supplied by Fontaine?s Antique Auction Gallery and by J. Alexander.

Bibliography

Fontaine's Auction Gallery, Pittsfield, Mass., Henry Brownell Estate Auction, sale cat. (October 18, 2008), lot 70, ill.