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Dining table


Object number

RIF116

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

26 1/2 x 45 x 45 in. (67.31 x 114.3 x 114.3 cm)

Date

1770–90

Current location

Unknown

Geography

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

Medium

Maple

Marks

None

Inscriptions

None

Style

Chippendale

Provenance

George L. Considine (died 1986), North Dartmouth, Massachusetts; Northeast Auctions, Hampton and Portsmouth, New Hampshire (sale held Manchester, New Hampshire), August 1–3, 2003, lot 747

Associated names

George L. Considine
Northeast Auctions

Construction

The single-board rectangular square-edged top is flanked by rectangular square-edged leaves to which it is attached by four pairs of wrought-iron hinges, each leaf is thrice-screwed, set just inward of the legs. The joints between top and leaves are quarter round. The top is joined to its frame by wood pins. The frame?s inner long rails meet the straight-skirted short nails in dovetail joints. The stationary portions of the outer long rails are tenoned and double-wood-pinned to the tops of the stationary legs. The inner long rails are joined to the stationary portions of the outer long rails by rosehead nails. There are neither glue blocks nor transverse battens within the frame, nor any shadows thereof. The outside faces of the inner long rails are cut out to allow for the movement of the swinging rails, which move by means of carved wood, five-knuckled hinges. Each swinging rail is tenoned and double-wood-pinned to the top of its leg, which is rabbeted to fit over, its neighboring short rail. Each leg?s outside face has four stop-flutes, the middle two are slightly taller than those flanking. The legs were formerly fitted with casters. Examined by D. Carr, July 2003; notes complied by T.B. Lloyd.

Bibliography

Northeast Auctions, Portsmouth, N.H., New Hampshire Auction, sale cat. (August 1 and 3, 2003), 113, lot 747, ill.