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Tea table

Object number



Maker Unknown


26 1/2 29 3/4 19 1/2 in. (67.31 75.565 49.53 cm)



Current location



Made in Rhode Island
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Mahogany (primary); pine (corner blocks)






By descent in the Wanton and Lyman-Hazard families, Newport, Rhode Island; Israel Sack, Inc., New York, 1982; sold to Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Levitt, Jr.; consigned to Sotheby's, New York, January 19, 2001, lot 710; sold to a private collection; consigned to Sotheby's, New York, January 18–19, 2008, lot 235

Associated names

Wanton-Lyman-Hazard families
Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Levitt, Jr.
Israel Sack, Inc.


The single-board, rectangular, oblong top is joined to its frame by wood pins concealed by a molded edge, which is applied by wood-filled fasteners. The outside edges of the top are visible below the molding. On its underside are two wood-braces ?one rectangular, with chamfered edges, applied with glue and a screw near a corner of the frame, and one triangular, applied with glue. The rails of the frame are tenoned, without wood pins, to the rectangular tops of the legs. To the underside of the rails is attached a convex skirt molding, continuing at each leg, to an applied convex cove knee bracket. At the interior corners of the frame, each rectangular leg top has two vertical quarter round glue blocks, with chamfered tops and bottoms. The cabriole legs have angular knees and ankles, and slipper feet. Examined by P.E. Kane, January 15, 2008; notes compiled by T.B. Lloyd.


Sotheby's, New York, Important Americana, sale cat. (January 18–19, 2008), lot 235.
Sotheby's, New York, Important Americana Including Silver, Prints, Folk Art, Furniture, and Property Formerly in the Estate of Ulysses S. Grant, sale cat. (January 18–19, 2001), 253, lot 710, ill.
American Antiques from Israel Sack Collection, 10 vols. (Washington, D.C.: Highland House Publishers, 1957–89), vol. 7, p. 1959, no. P5234, ill.
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), 213nn1, 3.