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Card table


Object number

RIF4830

Maker

Maker Unknown
Maker possibly by John Townsend, American, 1732–1809

Dimensions

Closed: 73.66 x 83.19 x 40.64 cm (29 x 32 3/4 x 16 in.)

Date

1770–1780

Current location

Private collection

Geography

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

Medium

Mahogany and mahogany veneer (primary); white pine (rear inner frame); sweet gum (gate frame); ash (front apron)

Marks

Unknown

Inscriptions

Unknown

Style

Chippendale

Provenance

By descent in the Hunter-Copeland families, Nansemond County, Virginia; possibly by descent in the Holiday family, Nansemond County, Virginia. Private collection

Associated names

Hunter/Copeland families
Holiday family

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.

See also