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Card table


Object number

RIF5326

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

Unknown

Date

1780–1800

Current location

Private collection

Geography

Made in Rhode Island
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Medium

Mahogany

Marks

None

Inscriptions

None

Style

Chippendale

Provenance

Private collection, 2004

Construction

The top consists of two oblong rectangular single-board leaves, molded on their front and sides, and joined to each other with brass hinges set into their rear-corner faces, and by later hinges in the proper left end of their square-edged back. The lower leaf is secured to its conformingly shaped frame by two screw pockets inside the front rail, and by multiple rectilinear, horizontal glue blocks, two at the interior back rail, three at the front rail, one at the proper left rail. The block at the proper right rail is missing. A beaded molding is applied to the bottom of the front and side rails, and open fret-work brackets are applied with brads to the bottom of the front and side rails and the inside faces of the front legs, which are chamfered at their inside corners and molded on their outside faces. The legs meet their skirt rails in mortise and tenon joints, showing two wood through-pins each. The proper left end of the front rail is tenoned to its leg with only one wood pin. The proper right end of the stationary back rail joins the side rail in a dovetail joint with finely cut pins of slightly varying configurations, with half-pins above and below. The proper right end of the hinged back rail swings by means of a five-knuckled carved wood hinge. Examined by D.A. Carr, February, 2004; notes compiled by T.B. Lloyd