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China table


Object number

RIF2942

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

28 3/4 32 3/4 21 1/4 in. (73.03 83.19 53.98 cm)

Date

1780–1800

Current location

Private collection

Geography

Made in Newport, Rhode Island
(view a map of Rhode Island)

Medium

Mahogany (primary); maple and chestnut (secondary)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

"Mrs. Humphrey," twice, in chalk, on underside of top; possibly "B," in chalk, on interior of one long rail

Style

Chippendale

Provenance

Charles Woolsey Lyon, New York. Joe Kindig, Jr., and Son, York, Pennsylvania. Mrs. Reginald Lewis. Sotheby's, New York, January 30–31, February 1, 1986, lot 565; sold to Bridget and Alfred Ritter, Virginia Beach, Virginia; sold to private collection

Associated names

Charles Woolsey Lyon
Joe Kindig, Jr. and Son
Mrs. Reginald Lewis
Sotheby's
Mr. Alfred F. Ritter, Jr.
Bridget Ritter

Construction

The oblong rectangular top has a molded edge and is secured to its conformingly shaped frame by longitudinal glue blocks at the joints between the top and rails, and by a transverse brace, (and its attendant glue blocks, one missing) set into grooves in the long rails. A lower, applied portion of the skirt consists of a molding above a diagonally incised band, attached to the bottom of the rails with rosehead nails. The legs are joined to the rails with mortise and tenon joints, showing no pins. Large, two-part vertical chamfered glue blocks occupy each corner of the frame. The open fretwork brackets at each juncture of leg and rail are tenoned to the legs. The legs are pentagonal in section, chamfered at their inside corners, and stop-fluted, on their outside faces, from just below a molding under the fretwork brackets to the molded feet, which are held on with countersunk screws. Examined by P.E. Kane, September 8, 2003; notes compiled by T.B. Lloyd

Bibliography

Sotheby's, New York, Important Americana, sale cat. (January 30–Februrary 1, 1986), lot 565, 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), 379n5.