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Table


Object number

RIF4701

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

59.69 x 66.04 x 34.29 cm (23 1/2 x 26 x 13 1/2 in.)

Date

1710–1740

Current location

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Geography

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

Medium

Maple

Marks

None

Inscriptions

"33-646," in ink, on an octagonal paper label with red printed borders glued to underside of top

Style

William and Mary

Provenance

Israel Sack, Inc., New York; sold to Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri, 1933; consigned to Northeast Auctions, Portsmouth, New Hampshire (sale held Manchester, New Hampshire), August 3–5, 2007, lot 1908; sold to Nathan Liverant and Son, Colchester, Connecticut; sold to Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 2009

Associated names

Israel Sack, Inc.
Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri
Northeast Auctions
Nathan Liverant and Son

Construction

The rectangular, one-piece, oblong top has a thumb-molded edge and is secured to the frame below by four wood pins, two each in the long rails. The inside face of each rail is rabbeted at the twice-wood-pinned mortise and tenon joint with its respective turned leg. The rectangular stretchers are set flush with and tenoned and wood-pinned to the blocking above the turned feet. Examined by P. E. Kane, August 8, 2013; notes compiled by T. B. Lloyd.

Bibliography

Northeast Auctions, Hampton and Portsmouth, N.H., Summer Americana Auction, sale cat. (August 3–5, 2007), 239, lot 1908.
Michael K. Brown, "Early Rhode Island Table Significant Addition to Bayou Bend Collection," The Intelligencer: Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens (Winter 2009–10): 14–15, ill.
"Nathan Liverant and Son advertisement," Antiques 176, no. 2 (August 2009): 19, ill.
Peter C. Marzio, American Art and Philanthropy: Twenty Years of Collecting at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (Houston: Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 2010), 86–87, ill.