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Card table


Object number

RIF190

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

Closed: 28 1/4 x 33 x 16 in. (71.76 x 83.82 x 40.64 cm)

Date

1780–1800

Current location

Unknown

Geography

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

Medium

Cherry

Marks

None

Inscriptions

None

Provenance

Alice and Murray Braunfeld, Los Angeles, before 2004; consigned to Sotheby's, New York, January 17, 2004, lot 1179

Associated names

Murray Braunfeld
Alice Braunfeld
Sotheby's

Construction

The two-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, double-beaded edge. There is a single leaf-edge tenon joint. The top is secured to its conformingly shaped frame by multiple screw pockets – two each in the side rails, four in the front rail, and two in the stationary, inner, rear rail. In the front corners of the frame are vertical chamfered glue blocks reinforced with brads. There are shadows of similar blocks at the rear corners. Nailed with brads to the bottom of the front and side rails is a broad molding, the front of which forms a simple, beaded skirt. The outer rear rail is joined to the inner rear rail with rosehead nails through two spacer blocks. The inner rear rail joins the proper right side rail in a dovetail joint, having a single, finely cut pin, with half-pins above and below, reinforced with screws. The swinging leg moves by means of a carved wood, five-knuckled hinge. The ends of the outer rear rail meet the blocks atop the legs in mortise and tenon joints, each showing two wood pins. Fixed with brads to the underside of the serpentine rails and to the inside faces of the front legs are openwork brackets. The square, tapering legs are molded on their outside faces and chamfered on their inside corners. Examined by P. E. Kane, January, 2004; notes compiled by T. B. Lloyd.

Bibliography

Sotheby's, New York, The Collection of Alice and Murray Braunfeld, sale cat. (January 17, 2004), 94, lot 1179, ill.