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Photo: Courtesy, Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn., Bequest of Dr. Benjamin A. Hewitt, B.A. 1943, Ph.D. 1952
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Card table

Object number



Maker, possibly by Holmes Weaver, American, 1769–1848, active 1796–1848


Closed: 28 5/8 34 5/8 17 1/8 in. (72.71 87.95 43.5 cm)



Current location

Yale University Art Gallery


Made in Newport, Rhode Island
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Mahogany (primary); white pine and cherry (secondary)




"K P E," incised, on underside of lower top leaf


Benjamin A. Hewitt (1921–2006), New Haven, Connecticut, then Charlestown, Rhode Island, by 1981; bequeathed to the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut, 2006

Associated names

Benjamin Attmore Hewitt


The table has flush back and overlapping hinged-leg construction, hinged-rail design, one leaf-edge tenon, no medial brace, and four horizontal laminations in the curved rails.


This table was probably part of a set with a matching table and a pembroke table. They are all inlaid with engraved single-unit urns on the pilasters, tassels on the shafts, and flowers on a lightwood prism inlay extending from the cuff line to the floor. These inlays are believed to have been produced in Weaver's own shop.

Related objects

See also


Benjamin Attmore Hewitt, Patricia E. Kane, and Gerald W. R. Ward, The Work of Many Hands: Card Tables in Federal America, 1790–1820, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1982), 146–147, no. 29, ill.
Benjamin Attmore Hewitt, "Regional Characteristics of Inlay on American Federal Card Tables," Antiques 121, no. 5 (May 1982): 1169, pl. 7, ill.
"Acquisitions, July 1, 2006–June 30, 2007," Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2007): 34, fig. 3.
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), 402n2.