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From: "John Walton, Inc., advertisement," Antiques 125 (January 1984): 4
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Card table


Object number

RIF288

Maker

Maker possibly by John Goddard, 1723/24–1785

Dimensions

Closed: 72.39 x 90.17 x 44.45 cm (28 1/2 x 35 1/2 x 17 1/2 in.)

Date

1760–1780

Current location

Private collection

Geography

Made in Newport, Rhode Island
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Medium

Mahogany (primary); soft maple (stationary and hinged rails and medial brace); eastern white pine (glue blocks); hickory (hinge pin)

Marks

Unknown

Inscriptions

"Mr. Edwards," in graphite, in nineteenth-century script on underside of top

Style

Chippendale

Provenance

By descent in the Salter-Edwards family of Massachusetts, and Nova Scotia, Canada, before 1984; John S. Walton, Inc., Griswold and Jewett City, Connecticut, 1984; sold to Ann Holzer (1917–1999) and Philip Holzer (1919–2011), Great Neck, New York, by 1990

Associated names

Salter-Edwards family
John Walton, Inc.
Ann Holzer
Philip Holzer

Construction

The lower half of the top is attached to the frame by three screws through the front skirt and two through the stationary rear rail, and by four glue blocks on the front and back and one at each end. The front and side rails, are tenoned into the front legs. The stationary rail is dovetailed to the side rails, and the joints are reinforced by vertical glue blocks. A vertical medial brace is dovetailed to the back and front rails. The thick outer rear rail is divided by a pair of five-fingered knuckle-joint hinges into three parts–two swinging ones, to which the rear legs are attached, and a stationary middle one.The side rails are rabetted at the back to accommodate the rear legs.

Notes

Some Rhode Island card tables on cabriole legs with claw-and-ball front feet and pad rear feet have blocked corners, as well as blocking at the center of the front skirt. See the related examples below.

See also


Bibliography

"John Walton, Inc., advertisement," Antiques 125, no. 1 (January 1984): 4, ill.
Michael Moses, Master Craftsmen of Newport: The Townsends and Goddards (Tenafly, N.J.: MMI Americana Press, 1984), 230, fig. 5.19–5.19a.
Philip Holzer, Philip and Ann Holzer Collection (n.p.: privately printed, 1990), 4–7, no. 2, fig. 2.1–2.4.