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Tilt-top table


Object number

RIF261

Maker

Maker probably by Joseph Sanford, 1740–1784

Dimensions

Height: 73.66 cm (29 in.); Diameter, top: 82.55cm (32 1/2in.)

Date

1755–1780

Current location

Unknown

Geography

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

Medium

Mahogany (primary); birch (block)

Marks

"J. Sanford [script]," in chalk, on underside of table top

Inscriptions

None

Style

Chippendale

Provenance

Jeremiah Lee House, Marblehead, Massachusetts. Ginsburg and Levy, Inc., New York, 1970. Benjamin and Cora Ginsburg, New York; consigned by their estate to Northeast Auctions, Hampton and Portsmouth, New Hampshire (sale held Manchester, New Hampshire), August 3, 2003, lot 1803. Becnel collection. Sotheby's, New York, October 7, 2006, lot 328

Associated names

Jeremiah Lee House
Ginsburg and Levy, Inc.
Benjamin Ginsburg
Northeast Auctions
Becnel Collection
Sotheby's

Bibliography

Helen Comstock, American Furniture: Seventeenth, Eighteenth, and Nineteenth Century Styles (New York: Viking Press, 1962), no. 397, ill.
"Ginsburg and Levy advertisement," Antiques vol 97, no. 5 (May 1970): 633, ill.
Patricia E. Kane, "The Palladian Style in Rhode Island Furniture: Fly Tea Tables," American Furniture (1999): 10–12, fig. 14.
Northeast Auctions, Portsmouth, N.H., Property from the Collection of Cora and Benjamin Ginsburg, sale cat. (August 3, 2003), 53, lot 1803, ill.
Sotheby's, New York, Important Americana Including Property from the Rhode Island Historical Society, sale cat. (October 7, 2006), 243–46, lot 328, ill.
Christie's, New York, Important American Furniture, Folk Art, and Silver, sale cat. (January 20, 2017), 72, fig. 1.