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Photo: Courtesy Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Bequest of Martha B. Lisle, by exchange; Ida Ballou Littlefield Fund, Mary B. Jackson Fund and additional funds provided by Mr. and Mrs. George M. Kaufman and J. J. Smortchevsky, 85.015; photo by Erik Gould
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Card table

Object number



Maker, formerly attributed to Allie Burton, worked 1796
Maker, attributed to James Halyburton, active 1790 to at least 1823
Maker, possibly by Cole and Haliburton, 1796–1798


Closed: 27 1/2 35 13/16 17 3/4 in. (69.85 90.96 45.09 cm) Depth open: 35 1/2 in. (90.17 cm)



Current location

Rhode Island School of Design Museum


Made in Warren, Rhode Island
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Mahogany, mahogany veneer, light and dark wood inlay (primary); maple (hinged rail); pine (stationary rail and laminates of front and side rails)




“X,” incised on inside of proper-left leg and adjacent side rail; arrow, in chalk, on top of hinged rail (pointing to pin of hinge)


Bernard and S. Dean Levy, Inc., New York, 1984; sold to the Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, 1985

Associated names

Bernard and S. Dean Levy, Inc.


The single-board, half-round, line-inlaid top has a square, line- inlaid edge, and is fixed to its conformingly shaped frame by six screw pockets ? three in the inside face of the interior rear rail, and one each in the inside face of each portion of the thrice laminated front rail. It is joined to its conformingly shaped, half-patera-and-line-inlaid upper leaf by two pairs of brass hinges, held in with brass screws and set into the rear edges of each leaf just inward of their outside corners. There is one tenon joint between the top leaves, laid out with scribe lines at the center of their respective rear edges. The proper right front leg is joined to the veneered and inlaid front rail with two countersunk screws, the proper left with one. The rear interior rail is jointed to the stationary portion of the rear exterior rail with rosehead nails. The stationary and swinging portions of the rear rail are tenoned, without wood pins, to the rear legs. The proper right end of the stationary rail meets the rear corner of the frame in dovetail joints, having finely cut pins with half-pins above and below. The swinging rail moves by means of a carved wood, five-knuckled hinge. The upper portion of the swinging leg is rabbeted to fit over the proper right rear corner of the frame. The square, tapering legs are flower- and line-inlaid on their outside faces only. Each leg has an inlaid cuff on all but its inward-facing side. Examined by P.E.Kane and J.N. Johnson June, 2014; notes complied by T.B. Lloyd.


The floral inlay on this card table is related to inlay found on other Rhode Island card tables and a chest of drawers (see RIF706, RIF4259, RIF4262, and RIF5026).

See also


Christopher P. Monkhouse and Thomas S. Michie, American Furniture in Pendleton House (Providence: Rhode Island School of Design Museum, 1986), 141–142, no. 79, ill.
"Bernard and S. Dean Levy, Inc., advertisement," Antiques 132, no. 2 (August 1982): 187, ill.
Bernard and S. Dean Levy, Inc., Gallery Catalogue (New York: Bernard and S. Dean Levy, Inc., 1974–2020), vol. 4, p. 71.
"Museum Notes," Rhode Island School of Design (1983–): vol. 72, no. 2 (October 1985): 22.
Patricia E. Kane et al., Art and Industry in Early America: Rhode Island Furniture, 1650–1830, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2016), 429n7.