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Tilt-top table


Object number

RIF409

Maker

Maker Unknown
Maker formerly attributed John Goddard, American, 1723–1785

Dimensions

Height: 27 1/2 in. (69.85 cm) Diameter: 31 5/16 in. (79.587 cm)

Date

1750–1780

Current location

Private collection

Geography

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

Medium

Mahogany

Marks

None

Inscriptions

None

Style

Chippendale

Provenance

Elizabeth Rapp Tukey (1920–1998), Princeton, New Jersey; consigned by her estate to Freeman's, Philadelphia, April 13–15, 2000, lot 1207

Associated names

Elizabeth Tukey
Samuel T. Freeman and Co.

Construction

The circular, single-board top has a raised, molded edge. The underside steps down slightly just inside the perimeter. Fixed to it with countersunk and surface-mounted screws are two cleats with square edges, flat, rounded ends, and ogee, then quarter-round transitions from shallower to deeper portions. A rectangular block atop a ring-turned, tapering pedestal is doweled into the cleats, allowing the top to tilt and the table to sit against a wall when not in use. A brass latch secures the top to the block. The square, wedged top of the pedestal is visible in the top of the block. Three rounded-top cabriole legs, ending in stylized ball and claw feet, are joined to the cylindrical base of the pedestal. Examined by P. E. Kane, November 18, 2010; notes compiled by T. B. Lloyd.

Bibliography

Samuel T. Freeman and Co., Philadelphia, The Elizabeth Tukey Collection of Antiques and Collectables, sale cat. (April 13–15, 2005), 135, lot 1207, ill.