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Table


Object number

RIF3454

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

26 40 27 in. (66.04 101.6 68.58 cm)

Date

1790–1810

Current location

Unknown

Geography

Made in New England, Possibly made in Rhode Island
(view a map of Rhode Island)

Medium

Pine (top); birch

Marks

None

Inscriptions

Scribble, in graphite, on underside of top; letters and scribble, in chalk, on underside of top

Style

Chippendale

Provenance

Horace Porter (died 1989), Windsor, Connecticut, 1958; Marguerite and Arthur Riordan, Stonington, Connecticut; consigned to Christie's, New York, January 18, 2008, lot 539

Associated names

Horace Porter
Marguerite Riordan
Arthur Riordan
Christie's

Construction

The two boards of the rectangular, rounded-edge, oblong top are held together by two butterfly joints and secured to the frame below by multiple wood pins. A transverse wood cleat with chamfered ends passes through the tops of the long rails and is attached with countersunk flat-head screws to the underside of the top. The straight-skirted, square-edged rails are joined to the straight, splayed legs, fluted on all four faces, by mortise-and-tenon joints, each showing two pins. Examined by P. E. Kane, January 14, 2008; notes compiled by T. B. Lloyd.

Notes

The table retains original red paint and traces of a later green paint.

Bibliography

Christie's, New York, The Collection of Marguerite and Arthur Riordan, Stonington, Connecticut, sale cat. (January 18, 2008), 15, lot 539, ill.