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Card table


Object number

RIF117

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

Closed: 73.66 x 83.82 x 40.64 cm (29 x 33 x 16 in.)

Date

1770–1790

Current location

Unknown

Geography

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

Medium

Mahogany

Marks

None

Inscriptions

"350," in chalk, on underside of top

Style

Chippendale

Provenance

Northeast Auctions, Portsmouth, New Hampshire (sale held Manchester, New Hampshire), August 1–3, 2003, lot 745

Associated names

Northeast Auctions

Construction

The single-board, oblong top has a cove-molded edge, and is serpentine-shaped at its front and sides, with outset rectangular corners. Joined to it, with brass hinges in the rear corners, is a conformingly shaped top leaf with a square, gouge-decorated edge. The top is secured to its conformingly shaped frame by four screw pockets, two each in the front and rear rails. At the front of the bottom of the serpentine rails is applied a gouge-decorated bead molding. Shadows on the inside faces of the front legs and the underside of the serpentine rails indicate the former presence of brackets, once applied with brads. In three corners of the frame are vertical chamfered glue blocks; the proper left rear corner is empty. The interior rear rail is joined to the stationary portion of the exterior rear rail by rosehead nails. A square, carved wood hinge allows the proper right portion of the exterior rear rail to swing. The serpentine rails are tenoned into the tops of the legs, with each joint showing one wood pin. The square legs are stop-fluted on their outside faces and chamfered on their inside corners. The front face of the block atop each front leg bears an applied roundel decorated with concentric incised rings. Examined by D. A. Carr, July, 2003; notes assembled by T. B. Lloyd.

Bibliography

Northeast Auctions, Portsmouth, N.H., New Hampshire Auction, sale cat. (August 1 and 3, 2003), 112, lot 745, ill.
Brock Jobe, Gary R. Sullivan, and Jack O'Brien, Harbor and Home: Furniture of Southeastern Massachusetts, 1710–1850 (Hanover, N.H.: University Press of New England, 2009), 411, entry 41n2.