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Object number

RIF5838

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

64.77 x 85.73 x 59.69 cm (25 1/2 x 33 3/4 x 23 1/2 in.)

Date

1750–1790

Current location

Private collection

Geography

Made in Newport, Rhode Island
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Medium

Mahogany (primary); chestnut (glue blocks); maple (battens)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

None

Style

Queen Anne

Provenance

The Howland family, Newport, Rhode Island until 2006; sold to Nathan Liverant and Son, Colchester, Connecticut; sold to private collection, 2006

Associated names

Howland family
Nathan Liverant and Son

Construction

The oblong, two-board top has a rounded edge and half-round outset corners. It is secured to its frame by rosehead nails and screws in two transverse battens fixed to its underside. The battens pass through the tops of the long rails, and are further fixed, with screws or rosehead nails through the chamfered batten ends, to the underside of the top. Two chamfered vertical glue blocks, whose ends are carved to align with the flat-arched rails? integral knee brackets, occupy each interior corner. The rails are tenoned and twice-wood-pinned to the rectangular blocks atop the straight, turned, tapering legs which end in outset shod pad feet. Examined by P. E. Kane and J. N. Johnson, August 22, 2013; notes compiled by T. B. Lloyd.

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), 323–325, no. 64, fig. 1.