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Card table


Object number

RIF5940

Maker

Maker attributed Stephen and Thomas Goddard, ca. 1785 - 1804

Dimensions

71.76 x 90.81 x 45.09 cm (28 1/4 x 35 3/4 x 17 3/4 in.)

Date

1790–1804

Current location

Private collection

Geography

Made in Newport, Rhode Island
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Medium

Mahogany, mahogany veneer, light and dark wood inlay, and ivory (primary); oak (hinged rail); pine (stationary rail and laminates of front and side rails)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

"X," incised on interior proper-left front leg and on adjacent interior of front rail; "11094610," stamped on underside of top

Style

Federal, Hepplewhite

Provenance

Skinner, Inc., Boston and Marlborough, Massachusetts (sale held Boston), March 2, 2014, lot 72

Associated names

Skinner, Inc.

Construction

The single-board, half round, line-inlaid top has a line-inlaid edge and is joined to its conformingly shaped frame by five screw pockets – one each in the outside faces of the short outer stationary portions of the outside rear rail, and one each in the inside face of each portion of the front rail, which consists of four laminations. The top is joined to its similarly shaped and inlaid single-board upper leaf by two pairs of brass hinges set into the rear corners of each leaf edge. There are two leaf-edge joints, set atop the inside rear legs, each with a small tenon on the edge of the bottom leaf and a mortise on the top leaf. The front rails are held together in part by brads nailed into the underside of the bottom laminations. The rails – front and rear – are tenoned into the top of the legs. There are prominent kerf marks on the inside end of the proper right front rail where it meets the proper right outside rear leg. The inside rear rail is fixed to the stationary portions of the outside rear rail – the proper right and left corners, and the proper left half – with rosehead nails. A portion of the proper right half of the outside rear rail swings by means of a square, five-knuckled, carved wood hinge. The frame and its skirt are line-inlaid; the ressaulted tops of the front legs are inlaid with incised-dot-decorated urns. The square tapering front legs are inlaid with pendant bellflowers and dots on their front faces. The two central front legs are line-inlaid on their three outside faces, the two rear legs on their outside and front faces, and the inset rear legs on their front faces only. Examined by P. E. Kane, May 31, 2014; notes compiled by T. B. Lloyd.

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Bibliography

Skinner, Inc., Boston and Marlborough, Mass., American Furniture and Decorative Arts and Americana Online, sale cat. (March 2, 2014), lot 72, fig. 22–23.
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), 405nn1,2, 6.