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Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, 1986.120
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Card table


Object number

RIF4259

Maker

Maker: attributed to James Halyburton, active 1790 to at least 1823
Maker: formerly attributed to Allie Burton, worked 1796

Dimensions

69.85 x 90.81 x 45.09 cm (27 1/2 x 35 3/4 x 17 3/4 in.)

Date

1795–1800

Current location

Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design

Geography

Made in Warren, Rhode Island
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Medium

Mahogany, mahogany veneer, light and dark wood inlay (primary); maple (hinged rail); pine (stationary rail and laminates of front and side rails)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

“X,” incised on inside of proper-left leg and adjacent side rail; “/,” incised on proper-right leg and adjacent side rail

Provenance

Probably Mrs. James Wheaton Brayton (née Roby Easterbrook, 1759–1843), Warren, Rhode Island; or her daughter Mrs. William More Hubbard (née Hannah Brayton, 1781–1864), Warren, Rhode Island; by descent to her daughter Mrs. Joseph Seymour (née Eunice Hubbard, 1801–1887), Warren, Rhode Island; by descent to her son Manuel Francis Seymour (1844–1906), Barrington, Rhode Island; by descent to his son Walter Francis Seymour (1872–1963), Providence and Barrington, Rhode Island; by descent to his daughter Mrs. Paul W. Fletcher (née Margaret Seymour, 1900–1981), East Providence, Rhode Island; by descent to her granddaughter Sarah Ray Fletcher, Warwick, Rhode Island; sold to Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, 1986

Associated names

Roby Easterbrook
Collection of Mrs. Paul W. Fletcher
Hannah Brayton
Eunice Hubbard
Manuel Francis Seymour
Walter Francis Seymour
Margaret Seymour
Sarah Ray Fletcher

Construction

The single-board, half-round, line-inlaid top has a square, line inlaid edges, and is fixed to its conformingly shaped frame by five screw pockets – two in the inside face of the interior rear rail, and one each in the inside face of each portion of the thrice-laminated front rail. It is joined to its conformingly shaped half-patera-and-line-inlaid upper leaf by two pairs of brass hinges, set into the rear corners of each leaf edge. There are no leaf-edge tenons. The front legs are each joined to the veneered and inlaid front rail by two fasteners – a screw above and a cut nail below. The rear interior rail is jointed to the stationary portion of the rear exterior rail by rosehead and other nails. The stationary and swinging portions of the rear exterior rail are tenoned, without wood pins, to the rear legs. The proper left end of the rear interior rail is set into a groove in the back of the rail beside the rear leg. The proper right end meets the rear corner of the frame in dovetail joints, having unevenly spaced finely cut, narrow- necked pins, with half pins above and below. The swinging rail moves by means of a carved wood five-knuckled hinge. The upper partition of the swinging leg is rabbeted to fit over the proper right corner of the frame, The square, tapering legs are flower- and- line- inlaid on their outside faces only. Each leg has an inlaid cuff on all but its inward facing side. Examined by P.E. Kane and J.N. Johnson June 24, 2014; notes compiled by T.B. Lloyd.

Notes

The floral inlay on this card table is related to inlay found on other Rhode Island card tables (see RIF706, RIF709, RIF4262, and RIF5026).

See also


Bibliography

Eleanore Bradford Monahon, "Providence Cabinetmakers of the Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth Centuries," Antiques 87, no. 5 (May 1965): 575, fig. 5.
Patricia E. Kane et al., Art and Industry in Early America: Rhode Island Furniture, 1650–1830, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2016), 427–429, no. 101, fig. 1–3.