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Dining table


Object number

RIF5078

Maker

Maker attributed John Goddard, 1723/24–1785
(hinges) Richard Ford, British, active 1760 - 1780

Dimensions

Closed: 68.58 x 40.64 x 121.92 cm (27 x 16 x 48 in.)

Date

1760–1780

Current location

Unknown

Geography

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

Medium

Mahogany (primary); birch (hinged rails); maple (stationary rails and battens); pine (corner block)

Marks

"RF," in rectangle, stamped on hinges

Inscriptions

"TC," in chalk, on one stationary rail; possibly "Lemuel" or "Samuel" and "[?]oo," in chalk, on other stationary rail

Style

Chippendale

Provenance

John Fayrham Street (1857–1931), Pawtucket, Rhode Island, and Hampton, Connecticut; by descent to his son Henry Abbott Street (1889–1956), Pawtucket and Bristol, Rhode Island; by descent to his daughter Mary Sue Street Bannister (died 1986); consigned by her descendants to Christie's, New York, September 29, 2010, lot 108

Associated names

John Fayrham Street
Henry Abbott Street
Mary (Sue) Street Bannister
Street-Bannister family
Christie's

Construction

The top is held to the frame with screws through pockets at each end of the frame and through battens that span between the stationary rails and pierce the hinged rails; the ends of the battens are rounded and chamfered and have a screw in each end. Seven rosehead nails fasten the stationary rails to the hinged rails on each side. The stationary rails stop short of the legs where they are fastened to the hinged rails; the dovetail joint of the stationary rails and the end rails are reinforced in the corners with a vertical glue block (one missing). The tops of the hinged legs are rabbeted to fit under the corners of the rails. The edges of the teeth of the hinged rails are square. The moldings on the end rails are glued in place. Examined by P. E. Kane, September 21, 2010.

Notes

The initials "R. F." stamped on the hinges may be for Robert Froggett, a blacksmith working in the Frederickburg-Falmouth area of Virginia, or for an unidentified Bristish hardware manufacturer.

Bibliography

Christie's, New York, Important American Furniture, Folk Art, and Prints, sale cat. (September 29, 2010), 84–85, lot 108, ill.