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Tea table


Object number

RIF4691

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

72.39 x 71.755 x 46.355 cm (28 1/2 x 28 1/4 x 18 1/4 in.)

Date

1750–1770

Current location

Unknown

Geography

Made in Massachusetts, or made in Rhode Island
(view a map of Rhode Island)

Medium

Mahogany (primary); pine (glue blocks and corner blocks)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

Remnants of paper label on underside

Style

Chippendale

Provenance

By descent in the Benjamin Trumbull family, New Haven, Connecticut. David Stockwell, Inc., Wilmington, Delaware. Christie's, New York, January 21–22 and 25, 2010, lot 320

Associated names

Benjamin Trumbull family
David Stockwell, Inc.
Christie's

Construction

The single-board top is affixed to the legs by a nail in each corner, and to the frame by multiple horizontal rectangular glue blocks on the underside- four each on the short sides, five each on the long sides. To the top is nailed with brads a cove molding, below which is a beaded cove molding similarly attached. The legs are joined to the elaborately scalloped skirt with mortise and tenon joints, each exhibiting two pins. There are two vertical glue blocks behind each leg, and the carved knee brackets are glued to leg and skirt. The cabriole legs have rounded knees and terminate in carved feet with prominent knuckles and spherical balls. Examined by J. S. Gordon, B. Colman, and M. Taradash, January 21, 2010; notes compiled by T. B. Lloyd.

Bibliography

Christie's, New York, Important American Furniture, Folk Art, Silver, and Chinese Export, sale cat. (January 21–22 and 25, 2010), 199, lot 320, ill.