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Pier table


Object number

RIF2551

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

30 3/4 41 3/4 21 1/4 in. (78.105 106.045 53.975 cm)

Date

1770–90

Current location


Geography

Made in Rhode Island
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Medium

Mahogany (primary); pine (corner blocks and medial brace)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

None

Style

Chippendale

Provenance

Ivor Massey (1896–1994) and Anne Massey, Richmond, Virginia, before 1998; consigned by their estate to Christie's, New York, January 16, 1998, lot 452; sold to June Hennage (1927–2020) and Joseph Howard Hennage (1921–2010), Chevy Chase, Maryland, and later Williamsburg, Virginia; by gift to the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Virginia

Associated names

Anne Massey
Ivor Massey
Christie's
Joseph Howard Hennage
June Elizabeth Stedman Hennage
The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Virginia

Construction

The rectangular, one-board top has a square edge decorated with small chisel-carved arches above a small cove molding applied with brads. The top is secured to the frame by means of multiple screw pockets, and overhangs in the rear. There is a transverse medial brace set into a groove in the rear rail. The front and side rails have serpentine, beaded-edge skirts and join the corners, continuous with the legs, in mortise and tenon joints, with no pins visible. Within the frame at the juncture of skirts, legs and top are chamfered vertical glue blocks. At the juncture of leg and rail are open fretwork brackets. The square, straight legs are stop-fluted on their outside faces and chamfered at their inside corners. Examined by P.E. Kane, September 11, 2003. Notes compiled by T.B. Lloyd.

Bibliography

Christie's, New York, Highly Important American Furniture, Silver, Paintings, Prints, Folk Art, and Decorative Arts, sale cat. (January 16, 1998), 177, lot 452, ill.