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Marble slab table


Object number

RIF3061

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

28 3/4 49 1/2 25 in. (73.03 125.73 63.5 cm)

Date

1740–60

Current location

Stanley Weiss Collection

Geography

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

Medium

Cherry (primary); marble (top)

Marks

Unknown

Inscriptions

Unknown

Style

Queen Anne

Provenance

By descent in the Babbitt family, Wickford, Rhode Island; sold to Ginsburg and Levy, Inc., New York, by 1941; sold to Mr. and Mrs. H. W. Gasque, Millbrook, New York, and Palm Beach, Florida, by descent in their family; consigned to Sotheby's, New York, January 21–22, 2000, lot 678 (unsold); Sotheby's, New York, January 22–23, 2016, lot 1534 (unsold); Northeast Auctions, Hampton and Portsmouth, New Hampshire (sale held Portsmouth), August 20–21, 2016, lot 704

Associated names

Babbitt family
Ginsburg and Levy, Inc.
H. W. Gasque
Sotheby's
Northeast Auctions

Construction

The oblong marble top has a molded edge, slightly inset serpentine front corners, a straight front and sides, and an unfinished back edge. It is fixed to its conformingly shaped skirt by gravity above. The straight front and side rails are tenoned and double-wood-pinned to the tops of the legs, which have slightly outset panels, the front legs? being serpentine, the rear legs? square. The interior corners of each leg top are square and accompanied by vertical rectilinear glue blocks. Curvilinear chamfers mark the transitions from each legs? top panel to its tapered shaft, which ends in full-disc shod pad feet with chamfered bottoms. Examined by P. E. Kane, J. S. Gordon, J. N. Johnson, C. Eskridge, and T. B. Lloyd, January 19, 2016; notes compiled by T. B. Lloyd.

Bibliography

Luke Vincent Lockwood, Colonial Furniture in America, 3rd ed., 2 vols. (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1926), vol. 1, pp. 189–190, fig. 197, ill.
"Ginsburg and Levy advertisement," Antiques 40, no. 3 (September 1941): 135, ill.
Joseph K. Ott, The John Brown House Loan Exhibition of Rhode Island Furniture, exh. cat. (Providence: The Rhode Island Historical Society, 1965), 50–51, no. 39, ill.
Sotheby's, New York, Important Americana, sale cat. (January 21–22, 2000), 350–351, lot 678, ill.
Northeast Auctions, Portsmouth, N.H., Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Summer Weekend Auction, sale cat. (August 20–21, 2016), 150, lot 704, ill.
Lita Solis-Cohen, "The Summer Weekend Auction," Maine Antique Digest (November 2016): 8-C, ill.
Stanley Weiss and Brock Jobe, Fine American Antiques in the Stanley Weiss Collection (Providence, R.I.: Stanley Weiss Collection, 2019), 28, sw02103, ill.
Sotheby's, New York, Important Americana, Furniture, Folk Art, Silver, Prints, Chinese Export Porcelain, and Carpets, sale cat. (January 22–23, 2016), 153, lot 1534, ill.