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Card table


Object number

RIF5513

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

Unknown

Date

1760–1770

Current location

Private collection

Geography

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

Medium

Mahogany

Marks

Unknown

Inscriptions

Unknown

Style

Chippendale

Provenance

Unknown family, Iowa; sold to Israel Sack, Inc., New York, 2001–2002; sold to a private collection

Associated names

An Iowa family
Israel Sack, Inc.

Construction

The oblong, single-board top has a half-round edge, serpentine front and sides and outset rectangular corners. It is joined to its conformingly shaped leaf above by brass hinges in the rear corners. The top is secured to its conformingly shaped frame by multiple horizontal rectangular glue blocks, and by screw pockets in the inner rear rail. Inside each corner of the frame are vertical rectangular glue blocks – two each in the front and one each in the rear. Fixed with brads to the underside of the front and side rails are broad moldings, which form, at the bottom of each rail, a quarter-round skirt. The inner, stationary rear rail is fixed with rosehead nails to the central portion of the outer rear rail. Each rear leg swings by means of a round, carved-wood hinge. The square-sectioned cabriole legs have angular knees, the front ones carved with stylized acanthus leaves, the rear ones plain. The rear legs end in shod pad feet, the front in deeply carved ankles and claws with undercut talons grasping elongated ball feet. Notes compiled by T. B. Lloyd from photographs supplied by the owner.

Bibliography

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), 333n2.