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Tilt-top table


Object number

RIF5529

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

Height: 72.39 cm (28 1/2 in.); Top: 82.55 x 81.92 cm (32 1/2 x 32 1/4 in.); Width, feet: 64.77 cm (25 1/2 in.)

Date

1740–1780

Current location

Glenn Allard

Geography

Made in Rhode Island
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Medium

Mahogany (primary); maple (block)

Marks

one

Inscriptions

Illegible, in chalk, on underside of top between the cleats

Style

Queen Anne

Provenance

Lisa Demuro Antiques, Woodbury, Connecticut, 2011. Private collection

Associated names

Lisa Demuro Antiques

Construction

The circular two-board top has a slightly rounded edge. Attached to its underside with a variety of surface-mounted screws are two asymmetrically laid-out wood cleats with tapered ends and chamfered edges. The top tilts by means of dowels, integral with a rectangular block, set into holes in the inside faces of the cleats. A brass latch, screwed into the top?s underside, can be secured to a brass catch on the edge of the rectangular block. The rectangular top of the turned, tapering pedestal below is revealed through the top of the block. The underside of the block is chamfered on three edges. The pedestal has a scalloped skirt, continuous with the scalloped underside of the rounded-top cabriole legs which meet its bottom in joints (presumably dovetail joints) obscured by a three-armed iron plate attached with rosehead nails. The undersides of the legs are also rounded. The tops of the snake feet are ridged, the bottoms are shod. When the top is tilted up, the arrangement of the base allows the table to be placed in the corner of a room. Examined by P. E. Kane and J. N. Johnson, October 23, 2015; notes compiled by T. B. Lloyd.

Bibliography

"Lisa Demuro Antiques advertisement," Antiques and the Arts Weekly (November 25, 2011), 7, ill.