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Tilt-top table

Object number



Maker, possibly by Joseph Sanford, 1740–1784


Height: 27 in. (68.58 cm) Diameter of top: 30 in. (76.2 cm)



Current location

Yale University Art Gallery


Made in Newport, Rhode Island
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Mahogany (primary); birch (block)






Israel Sack, Inc., New York, 1970; sold to Ann (1917–1999) and Philip Holzer (1919–2011), Great Neck, New York, by 1993; by descent to their son, Stuart Holzer, Briarcliff Manor, New York; consigned to Christie's, New York, January 20, 2017, lot 587 (unsold); by gift to Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut, 2018

Associated names

Israel Sack, Inc.
Philip Holzer
Ann Holzer
Stuart Holzer


The circular single-board top has a raised and molded edge. The underside steps down slightly just inside the perimeter. Fixed to it with surface-mounted screws are two tapering cleats with square edges and angled, chamfered ends. A rectangular block atop a ring-turned, tapering, fluted pedestal containing a spirally fluted vasiform element is doweled into the cleats, allowing the top to tilt and the table to stand in a corner when not in use. A brass latch secures the top to the block. The square top of the pedestal is visible in the top of the block. Three cabriole legs with rounded bottoms and rounded tops carved at the knees with scrolls and stylized foliage are dovetailed into the cylindrical bottom of the pedestal, which, like the neighboring portions of the legs, is slightly scalloped. The ovoid feet are grasped by vigorously carved claws with prominent knuckles. Notes compiled by T. B. Lloyd from photographs supplied by P. E. Kane.

See also


Philip Holzer, Philip and Ann Holzer Collection (n.p.: privately printed, 1990), 24–27, no. 9, fig. 9.1–9.3.
Patricia E. Kane, "The Palladian Style in Rhode Island Furniture: Fly Tea Tables," American Furniture (1999): 10, 12, fig. 13.
Albert Sack, The New Fine Points of Furniture: Early American (New York: Crown Publishers, 1993), 301, Superior, ill.
American Antiques from Israel Sack Collection, 10 vols. (Washington, D.C.: Highland House Publishers, 1957–89), vol. 3, p. 652, no. 1452, ill.
Christie's, New York, Important American Furniture, Folk Art, and Silver, sale cat. (January 20, 2017), 70–72, lot 587.