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Dining table


Object number

RIF4592

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

Closed: 70.8 x 29.53 x 103.35 cm (27 7/8 x 11 5/8 x 40 11/16 in.); Width, open: 103.4 cm (40 11/16 in.)

Date

1770–1810

Current location

Yale University Art Gallery

Geography

Probably made in Rhode Island
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Medium

Mahogany (primary); soft maple (hinged and stationary rails); eastern white pine (glue blocks)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

"Bed," in chalk, on underside of center section; 1," in chalk, on inside of one end rail and adjacent stationary rail; "2," on opposite end and stationary rails

Style

Chippendale

Provenance

Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut, by 1986

Construction

All three sections of the top are single boards. The hinged leaves fit against the center with rule joints. The center section of the top is screwed to the frame rails from the inside. One side of each end rail is tenoned and double-pinned into the upper end of one of the two fixed legs. The long sides of the frame have an inner stationary rail and an outer hinged rail. The stationary rails are nailed flush to the fixed parts of the hinged rails, which are tenoned and double-pinned into the two fixed legs. At the corners of the frame opposite the fixed legs, the end rails are dovetailed to the stationary rails. A rectangular block is glued into the corner behind these joints. Finger hinges connect the fixed parts of the hinged rails to the fly rails, which are tenoned and double pinned into the fly legs. Cutouts in the fly legs allow them to overlap the frame's dovetailed corners when closed. Source: David L. Barquist, American Tables and Looking Glasses in the Mabel Brady Garvan and Other Collections and Yale University (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1992), 144–145.

Bibliography

David L. Barquist, Elisabeth Donaghy Garrett, and Gerald W. R. Ward, American Tables and Looking Glasses in the Mabel Brady Garvan and Other Collections at Yale University (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1992), 144–45, no. 58, ill.