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Card table


Object number

RIF4619

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

Closed: 72.39 x 83.82 x 39.37 cm (28 1/2 x 33 x 15 1/2 in.)

Date

1780–1800

Current location


Geography

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

Medium

Mahogany (primary); birch (hinged rail); white pine (stationary rail); yellow poplar (vertical block)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

"MOVING PACKING / T. G. BUCKLEY CO. / 690 DUDLEY ST., BOSTON, MASS. / 20583 / No ["o" superscript with underscore below] 5 / STORING SHIPPING," printed in black on a paper label glued to the underside

Style

Chippendale

Provenance

Skinner, Inc., Boston, November 8, 2009, lot 56

Associated names

Skinner, Inc.
Unknown

Construction

Both top leaves are single solid boards, serpentine, with blocked corners at the front and side, the upper leaf edge with incised decoration, the lower cove molded. There is one leaf-edge tenon. The top is attached to the solid rails by means of screw pockets, three at the front rail, one at each side rail, one at the exterior of the hinged rail. The rails are attached to the front and back legs by mortise and tenon joints, and to the stationary rail by dovetails. An incised bead decorates the front and side rails; the back side of the side rails are not chamfered. One vertical glue block occupies the front left interior corner; the right hand block is missing. The stationary rail is joined to the hinged rail by four rosehead nails, two near the rear right leg and two near the hinge. The hinge is comprised of five rectangular teeth. The solid, molded legs are attached to the rails by mortise and tenon joints. Examined by P. E. Kane and W.S. Braznell, November 7, 2009; notes compiled by T.B. Lloyd.

Notes

A number of card tables attributed to Rhode Island have facades with serpentine curves in plan and section, beading or gadrooning along the lower edge of the facade, blocked corners, straight molded legs, pierced corner brackets, and gouge decoration on the top leaf edge. See the related examples below. Closely related tables have stop-fluted legs; see, for example, RIF64. Other tables lacking some of the features shared by these two groups are recorded in the database as well.

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Bibliography

Skinner, Inc., Boston, American Furniture and Decorative Arts, sale cat. (November 8, 2009), 22, lot 56, ill.