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Card table


Object number

RIF157

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

Height: 73.34 cm (28 7/8 in.); Width: 78.42 cm (30 7/8 in.); Depth, open: 80.01 cm (31 1/2 in.); Depth, closed: 40.32 cm (15 7/8 in.)

Date

1770–1790

Current location

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Virginia

Geography

Made in Rhode Island
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Medium

Mahogany (primary); white pine (blocks and stationary rail); birch (hinged rail)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

Mathematical calculations, in chalk, on rear of hinged rail

Style

Chippendale

Provenance

Mrs. E. B. Robertson, Petersburg, Virginia, before 1930. Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Virginia, 1930

Associated names

Mrs. E. B. Robertson

Construction

The single-board, oblong top has a cove-molded edge, and is serpentine-shaped at its front and sides, with slightly outset rectangular corners. Joined to it by brass hinges in the rear corners is a conformingly shaped top leaf, with a square, gouge-decorated edge. There is a single leaf-edge tenon joint. The top is secured to its conformingly shaped frame by multiple rectangular horizontal glue blocks. At the bottom of the serpentine rails is an incised bead molding. The proper right side of the rear rail swings by means of a square, carved wood, five-knuckled hinge. The top of the swinging leg is not rabbeted. The inner rail joins the proper right side rail in a dovetail joint, having two thick-necked pins with half-pins above and below. Open work brackets at either side of the front legs are nailed with brads to both legs and rails. The legs meet the rails in mortise and tenon joints, showing wood pins at the outside corners of the blocks above the legs, which are molded on their outside faces, and chamfered on their inside corners. Examined by P. E. Kane, September, 2003; notes compiled by T. B. Lloyd.

Bibliography

Barry A. Greenlaw, New England Furniture at Williamsburg (Williamsburg, Va.: The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Virginia, 1974), 162–163, no. 140, 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 41n3.