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Card table


Object number

RIF306

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

71.12 x 86.36 x 41.91 cm (28 x 34 x 16 1/2 in.)

Date

1780–1800

Current location

Unknown

Geography

Made in Rhode Island
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Medium

Mahogany (primary); maple (stationary and hinges rails); chestnut (glue block)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

"TAB 289," in black ink, inside stationary rail

Style

Chippendale

Provenance

Israel Sack, Inc., New York. John Howland Ricketson III (1902–1986), Buzzard's Bay, Massachusetts. Bernard and S. Dean Levy, Inc., New York, 1986. Wayne Pratt, Inc., Woodbury, Connecticut: sold to the Rosebrook Collection, 1996; consigned to Christie's, New York, September 22, 2014, lot 35

Associated names

Israel Sack, Inc.
John Howland Ricketson III
Bernard and S. Dean Levy, Inc.
Wayne Pratt, Inc.
Rosebrook Collection
Christie's New York

Construction

The oblong single-board top has a rounded edge, a serpentine front and sides, and square outset corners and is joined to its conformingly shaped single-board upper leaf by two pairs of brass hinges set into the edges of the leaves? rear corners. There is a tenon in the middle of the back edge of the upper leaf and a damaged mortise on the lower leaf. The top is secured to its conformingly shaped frame by seven screw pockets in the inside faces of the frame – one each in the side rails, three in the front and two in the inside rear. The front and side rails are serpentine on the outside and straight inside. Each one is tenoned and double-wood-pinned to the top of its neighboring leg. The interior rear rail is attached to the stationary proper left portion of the exterior rail by rosehead nails and a single screw. The proper right end of the interior rear rail meets the side rail in a dovetail joint having finely cut narrow-necked pins with half-pins above and below. The frame is rabbeted at this outside corner to accept the top of the swinging leg, which moves by means of a round five-knuckled carved wood hinge. The swinging rail is tenoned and double-wood-pinned to the swinging leg. There is a single rectangular vertical wood glue block in the proper right rear corner of the frame. Open work brackets are nailed with brads to the tops of the legs and the underside of the skirt rails. The square legs are stop-fluted on their outside faces only. Examined by P. E. Kane and J. N. Johnson, September 17, 2014; notes compiled by T. B. Lloyd.

Bibliography

Bernard and S. Dean Levy, Inc., Gallery Catalogue (New York: Bernard and S. Dean Levy, Inc., 1974–2003), vol. 5, p. 75.
Christie's New York, New York, Important American Furniture, Outsider, and Folk Art, sale cat. (September 22, 2014), 40, lot 35, ill.