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Tilt-top table

Object number



Maker Unknown


26 1/2 in. (67.3 cm) Top: 31 in. (78.7 cm)



Current location

Yale University Art Gallery


Made in Newport, Rhode Island
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Mahogany (primary); soft maple (secondary)






Israel Sack, Inc., New York, 1972; sold to Ann (1917–1999) and Philip Holzer (1919–2011), Great Neck, New York, by 1990; given by Philip Holzer to the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut, 2000


The circular, single-board top has a raised, molded edge. The underside steps down slightly just inside the perimeter. Fixed to it with countersunk screws and wood-filled fasteners are two cleats with rounded ends, slightly rounded profiles, and convex, then concave curvate transitions from shallower to deeper portions. A rectangular block with chamfered bottom edges sits atop a ring- and baluster-turned pedestal and is doweled into the cleats, allowing the top to tilt and the table to stand in a corner when not in use. A brass latch secures the top to the block. The square, wedged top of the pedestal is visible in the top of the block. Three iron straps, affixed to the bottom of the pedestal?s base with rosehead nails, reinforce and obscure the joints between the pedestal and the legs. The face of pedestal base has been shaved down at the juncture with each leg. In the center of the pedestal bottom is the slightly oblong rectangular bottom of the turned element above, to which are attached five rosehead nails and a domed-top screw. The cabriole legs have rounded tops and bottom, and end in stylized claw and ball feet. Examined by P. E. Kane, November 22, 1998; notes compiled by T. B. Lloyd.

See also


Patricia E. Kane, "The Palladian Style in Rhode Island Furniture: Fly Tea Tables," American Furniture (1999): 9, fig. 9.
Sarah Neale Fayen, "Tilt-Top Tables and Eighteenth-Century Consumerism," American Furniture (2003): 109, fig. 17.
Philip Holzer, Philip and Ann Holzer Collection (n.p.: privately printed, 1990), 20–21, fig. 8–8.3.
American Antiques from Israel Sack Collection, 10 vols. (Washington, D.C.: Highland House Publishers, 1957–89), vol. 4, p. 926, no. P3569, ill.
"Acquisitions 2000," Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2001): 150–51.