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Card table


Object number

RIF218

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

Closed: 69.85 x 83.82 x 39.37 cm (27 1/2 x 33 x 15 1/2 in.)

Date

1770–1780

Current location

Private collection

Geography

Made in Newport, Rhode Island
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Medium

Mahogany (primary); maple and white pine (secondary)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

None

Style

Chippendale

Provenance

Arthur M. Nowak (born 1882), New York, before 1934; consigned to American Art Association Anderson Galleries, New York, March 17, 1934, lot 142. Alice and Murray Braunfeld, Los Angeles, before 2004; consigned to Sotheby's, New York, January 17, 2004, lot 1232

Associated names

Arthur M. Nowak
Anderson Galleries
American Art Association
Alice Braunfeld
Murray Braunfeld
Sotheby's

Construction

The top consists of two single-board, rounded-edge leaves with rectilinear outset front corners, joined by brass hinges set into the back of their side edges. There is a single leaf-edge tenon joint. The bottom leaf is joined to its conformingly shaped frame with multiple rectilinear horizontal glue blocks, two of which include screws. The gadrooned skirt molding is nailed to the frame with brads, as are the knee brackets, except for the rear proper right bracket, which is held on by a screw pocket. The proper right rear leg swings out to support the hinged leaf by means of a square, carved wood, five-knuckled hinge. The swinging portion of the rear rail is joined to the top of the swinging leg by mortise and tenon joint, showing two wood pins. The stationary portion of the rear rail joins its leg in a similar fashion. There are two longitudinal chamfered glue blocks at the joint between the lower top leaf and the stationary portion of the rear rail. The legs have angular knees, slender, finely carved ankles and delicate claws grasping elongated ball feet. The rear legs are unadorned; the front legs have knees with stylized acanthus leaves. Examined by Dennis Carr, February 4, 2004; notes compiled by T.B. Lloyd

Bibliography

American Art Association and Anderson Galleries, New York, American and English Furniture and Silver of the 17th–18th Century: The Choice Private Collection of Arthur M. Nowak, sale cat. (March 17, 1934), 51, lot 142, ill.
Ralph E. Carpenter, Jr., The Arts and Crafts of Newport, Rhode Island, 1640–1820 (Newport, R.I.: Preservation Society of Newport County, 1954), 93, no. 65, ill.
Sotheby's, New York, The Collection of Alice and Murray Braunfeld, sale cat. (January 17, 2004), 132–133, lot 1232, ill.