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Card table


Object number

RIF4302

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

28 3/8 x 34 x 15 1/2 in. (72.07 x 86.36 x 39.37 cm)

Date

1785–1805

Current location

Unknown

Geography

Made in Rhode Island
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Medium

Mahogany and mahogany veneer (primary); pine (side and front rails, stationary rail, drawer front and linings, drawer supports, glue blocks); maple (hinged rail)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

“Frost,” incised on bottom surface of front rail, and written, in graphite or pen, on interior surface of stationary rail

Style

Federal, Chippendale

Provenance

Frost family. Northeast Auctions, Portsmouth, New Hampshire (sale held Manchester, New Hampshire), March 3, 1996, lot 783. Morgan Mac Whinnie, Southampton, New York, 2014

Associated names

Frost family
Northeast Auctions
Morgan Mac Whinnie

Construction

The single-board lower leaf has a serpentine front and straight sides, a cove-molded edge and rounded front corners, and is joined to its conformingly shaped upper-leaf with a square, gouge-carved edge, by brass hinges set into the edges of their rear corners. The lower leaf is secured to its veneered, conformingly shaped frame with screwpockets – two inside the front rail, one inside each side rail, two in the interior rear rail, one inside the rail at the proper right side, and one in the rail above the hidden drawer on the proper left. Small vertical glue blocks occupy the front corners of the frame; the blocks in the rear corners are missing. A carved skirt molding is nailed with brads to the underside of the front and side rails. The interior rear rail is fixed to the exterior rear rail by rosehead nails through a block between the rails. The proper right end of the exterior rear rail meets the proper right side rail in a dovetail joint having a single narrow-necked pin with half-pins above and below. Beside the joint the rail is cut out to receive a small drawer, whose supports are set into grooves inside the front and interior rear rails. On top of the supports, at the front rail, are stops. The drawer front is flush with its flat-topped sides which it meets in dovetail joints, having narrow-necked pins, with half-pins above and below. The single-board drawer bottom, parallel to the front, is nailed with brads into rabbets in the elements above. The proper right side of the exterior rear rail moves by means of a square, five-knuckled, carved wood hinge. The swinging rail is tenoned and double-wood-pinned to its leg. The pins appear to have been replaced. Beside the joint is a finished quarter round block. Openwork brackets at both sides of the front legs and at the front sides of the back legs are nailed with brads into the moldings at the undersides of the skirt and into the unmolded sides of each leg. Each tapered leg is chamfered at its inside corner and molded at its outside faces, including the back faces of the rear legs. Examined by P. E. Kane and J. N. Johnson, March 18, 2014; notes compiled by T. B. Lloyd.

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Bibliography

Northeast Auctions, Portsmouth, N.H., New Hampshire Auction, sale cat. (March 3, 1996), 65, lot 783, ill.
Brock Jobe, Gary R. Sullivan, and Jack O'Brien, Harbor and Home: Furniture of Southeastern Massachusetts, 1710–1850 (Hanover, N.H.: University Press of New England, 2009), 411, entry 41n3.