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Dining table


Object number

RIF5316

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

Closed: 28 1/2 x 47 3/4 x 18 3/4 in. (72.39 x 121.29 x 47.63 cm)

Date

1705–25

Current location

Unknown

Geography

Made in Newport, Rhode Island
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Medium

Maple (primary); maple (brace between rails); pine (drawer linings, runner, and stop); oak (rails)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

Circle with line through it, in chalk, on exterior drawer sides

Style

William and Mary

Provenance

Private collection, New England; consigned to Sotheby's, New York, September 27, 2012, lot 174. Anita Schorsch (1930–2015) and Irvin G. Schorsch, Jr. (1927–2014), Hidden Glen, New Jersey; consigned by their estate to Sotheby's, New York, January 20–22, 2016, lot 483

Associated names

New England private collection
Sotheby's
Irvin G. Schorsch, Jr.
Anita Schorsch

Construction

The oblong, single-board, square-edged top has bowed ends and is joined to its single-board, half round leaves by four pairs of wrought-iron hinges, each fixed to their respective top?s under-side with five rosehead nails, visible on the top faces of the half round leaves. The torus-molded leaves? edges fit into the half round recesses of the top?s edges. The top is joined to its frame by a wide transverse batten near the midpoint of its underside, set into groove inside the long rails, and by the short rails, tenoned and wood-pinned to the tops of the stationary legs. The rail below the drawer is also tenoned and wood-pinned to the tops of its stationary legs. The single drawer has a longitudinal support set into a groove in that rail. The drawer front meets its slightly shorter rounded-top sides in dovetail joints having a single tail, with half-pins above and half-pins with a rabbet below. The single-board drawer bottom, perpendicular to the front, is full-width and full-depth, set into the rabbet in front and fixed there, and to its sides and back, with rosehead nails. Cut-outs on the drawer bottom indicate old repairs, perhaps with hinge leaves. The long rails are tenoned and double-wood-pinned to the tops of the stationary legs and cut out to receive the tops of the ?gates? which consist of upper (plain) and lower (turned) rails tenoned and wood-pinned to the ?swinging? leg and the ?turning? leg, which is doweled into the upper and lower long rails. The lower rectangular block of the ?swinging? legs are cut out to be received by the cut outs in the rectangular blocks of the lower long rails. Examined by P.E. Kane, J.N. Johnson, J.S. Gordon, C. Eskridge, T.B Lloyd, January 19, 2016; notes compiled by T.B. Lloyd.

Bibliography

Lita Solis-Cohen, "Americana Auction," Maine Antique Digest (December 2012): 6-B.
Sotheby's, New York, Important Americana, Including Property from the Collection of Foster and Muriel McCarl, sale cat. (September 27, 2012), lot 174, ill.
Patricia E. Kane et al., Art and Industry in Early America: Rhode Island Furniture, 1650–1830, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2016), 250n2.
Sotheby's, New York, Property from the Collection of Irvin and Anita Schorsch: Hidden Glen Farms, sale cat. (Janaury 20–22, 2016), 250, lot 483, ill.