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Dining table


Object number

RIF1990

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

Closed: 27 1/2 11 36 in. (69.85 27.94 91.44 cm) Width, open: 37 in. (93.98 cm)

Date

1750–80

Current location

Unknown

Geography

Made in Rhode Island
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Medium

Mahogany (primary); maple (rails and cross braces); oak (hinge pins)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

"Q.A. tea table 18th cent. / mahogany, Rhode Island. / Purchased at the estate/ of Eunice (McKeel) / Hopkins, Jacksonville, / New York. Born 94 yrs. / ago in this house," in ink, written on paper label taped to underside of table top; "1" and "2," in graphite, on side and end rails; illegible marking, in graphite, on inside of one stationary rail

Style

Queen Anne

Provenance

Eunice McKeel Hopkins (1890–1985), Jacksonville, New York. Northeast Auctions, Hampton and Portsmouth, New Hampshire (sale held Manchester, New Hampshire), August 4–6, 2006, lot 299; sold to Nathan Liverant and Son, Colchester, Connecticut; sold to Annie Abram and Steve Novak; consigned to Sotheby's, New York, January 18–21, 2018, lot 1101

Associated names

Eunice McKeel Hopkins
Northeast Auctions
Nathan Liverant and Son
Annie Abram
Steve Novak
Sotheby's

Construction

The single-board top has a quarter round edge, and is joined to its half round single-board leaves with two pairs of iron hinges, each leaf thrice-screwed, each set slightly outward from the legs. The joint between the leaves is quarter round. The top is joined to the frame with countersunk rosehead nails, one each through the flat-arch shaped short rails, two each at the outer ends of the stationary rails, and two each through transverse braces dovetailed into those rails. The stationary rails and short rails are attached by means of a dovetail joint with three tails and four pins, with a half-pin above and a large half-pin below. The corner of the dovetail joint is slightly chamfered. The hinged and stationary rails are joined by five rosehead nails, two near each end and three near each round hinge. The hinged legs join their portion of the hinged rails with mortise and tenon joints, each exhibiting two wood pins. Each leg has a rectangular portion above a rounded chamfer and turned, tapered legs with outset ankles ending in shod pad feet. Examined by P. E. Kane, August 4, 2006; notes compiled by T. B. Lloyd.

Bibliography

Sotheby's, New York, Important Americana, sale cat. (January 18–21, 2018), vol. 2, p. 291, lot 1101, ill.
Northeast Auctions, Portsmouth, N.H., 2006 Americana Auction, sale cat. (August 4–6, 2006), 48, lot 299, ill.
Nathan Liverant and Son, "Nathan Liverant and Son: Antiques, Spring 2007," Antiques and the Arts Weekly (Spring 2007): n.p., ill.