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Tilt-top table


Object number

RIF5464

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

Height: 69.85 cm (27 1/2 in.); Diameter, top: 81.28 cm (32 in.)

Date

1760–1780

Current location

Unknown

Geography

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

Medium

Mahogany (primary); maple (block)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

None

Style

Queen Anne

Provenance

Joseph K. Ott (1929–1994), Providence, Rhode Island; by descent to his wife Anne Ott, Providence, Rhode Island; consigned to Christie's, New York, January 20, 2012, lot 155. Northeast Auctions, Hampton and Portsmouth, New Hampshire (sale held Portsmouth, New Hampshire), March 9–10, 2013, lot 75

Associated names

Joseph K. Ott
Anne Northrop Ott
Christie's New York
Northeast Auctions

Construction

The circular, tilting top has a molded edge and two shaped, stepped cleats underneath, attached thereto with five screws apiece, three in the central raised portion near the pedestal block, and one at each end. The underside of the top bears eight small holes recalling its former attachment to a lathe. Between the cleats is a block, whose underside is chamfered on three sides, held in place when the top is down by means of a circular brass latch mechanism attached to the top with three screws. The pintels that join the top to the pedestal within the block and cleats are not visible. The top of the block exhibits an iron strap, and the slightly oval, wedged top of the pedestal is visible through the block. The columnar portion of the pedestal has a turned capital and a fluted, tapered shaft above a turned base. Its plinth is plain, shaved and dovetailed to receive the three cabriole legs. Covering the joints between legs and pedestal are three iron reinforcing straps affixed with six nails and one screw. The legs terminate in slightly bulbous raised pad feet. The top is hinged to facilitate the table?s placement against a wall. Examined by P. E. Kane and W. S. Braznell, January 14, 2012; notes compiled by T. B. Lloyd.

Bibliography

Christie's, New York, The Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph K. Ott, sale cat. (January 20, 2012), 65, lot 155, ill.
Northeast Auctions, Portsmouth, N.H., Important Weekend Auction, sale cat. (March 9–10, 2013), 27, lot 75, ill.