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Bureau table


Object number

RIF147

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

83.82 x 95.25 x 53.34 cm (33 x 37 1/2 x 21 in.)

Date

1760–1780

Current location

Private collection

Geography

Made in Newport, Rhode Island
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Medium

Mahogany (primary); white pine (backboards, subtop, bottom board, sides of the cupboard, drawer bottoms, vertical feet blocks, rear feet brackets, and backs of the drawer dividers); chestnut (horizontal feet blocks); yellow poplar (drawer linings, bottom of cupboard, and blocks securing the top rail to the subtop)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

Unknown

Style

Chippendale

Provenance

Captain Morin, possibly Boston; by descent to his granddaughter, Mrs. Belknap, Flushing, Long Island; sold to Israel Sack, Inc., New York, 1948; sold to Mr. and Mrs. Walter Robb, Buffalo; sold to Israel Sack, Inc., by 1975

Associated names

Israel Sack, Inc.
Captain Morin
Belknap Family
Mr. and Mrs. Walter B. Robb

Construction

The true top is nailed to a sub top consisting of two longitudinal strips dovetailed to the case sides, with the dovetails exposed. Glue blocks secure the joint of the top front rail and the front subtop. The convex shells on the wide drawer are applied. The drawer runners are nailed to the sides of the case, and there is a full dust board under the wide drawer. The feet are braced with three blocks shaped to follow the contours of the bracket and beveled on their inner edges, with the central vertical block applied against the case bottom and the horizontal blocks butted against it. The back bracket on the rear feet is a double ogee shape and is butted against the side bracket. On each drawer, the sides are finely dovetailed to the front and back; the bottoms are beveled on their front edge and side edges and are let into grooves in the front and sides, and nailed to the underside of the back. The boards on the bottoms of the small drawers run side to side; those on the large drawer run front to back. The top edges of the drawer sides are rounded, while the top edge of the back is flat. The back is three horizontal boards with lap joints and is nailed to rabbets in the sides, to the edge of the subtop, and to the back edge of the case bottom. Nails holding the cupboard sides in place are visible on the backboard. The ends of the sliding dovetail to attach the true top to the sub top are visible on the rear edge of the top.

Bibliography

American Antiques from Israel Sack Collection, 10 vols. (Washington, D.C.: Highland House Publishers, 1957–1989), vol. 5, p. 1206, no. P4162, ill.; vol. 6, p. 10, no. P4162, ill.
Edith Gaines, "The Robb Collection of American Furniture, Part II," Antiques 93, no. 4 (April 1968): 484, fig. 1.
Michael Moses, Master Craftsmen of Newport: The Townsends and Goddards (Tenafly, N.J.: MMI Americana Press, 1984), 33, fig. 1.16–1.16a.
Wendy A. Cooper, "The Kaufman Collection," Antiques 179, no. 3 (May–June 2012): 113, fig. 9.