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Tilt-top table

Object number



Maker Unknown


Height: 25 3/4 in. (65.405 cm) Diameter: 29 1/4 in. (74.295 cm)



Current location

Philadelphia Museum of Art


Possibly made in Providence, Rhode Island
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Originally owned by Mary Crawford Tripe (1744–1816) and Captain Samuel Tripe (1736–1778), Bristol and Providence, Rhode Island; by descent to their daughter Sarah Crawford Tripe (1775–1880), and her husband, Nehemiah Dodge (1775–1856), Providence, Rhode Island; by descent to their daughter Sarah Crawford Dodge (1806–1878) and her husband, Enoch White Clark (1802–1856), Providence, Rhode Island, and Philadelphia; by descent to their daughter Sarah Crawford Clark and her husband, Alfred Zantzinger, Philadelphia; by descent to their son Clarence Clark Zantzinger (1872–1954) and his wife, Margaret Shippen Buckley, Philadelphia; by descent to their daughter Mrs. Harry C. Groome (née Sarah Crawford Zantzinger), Philadelphia; given to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1980

Associated names

Mary Crawford
Captain Samuel Tripe
Sarah Crawford Tripe
Enoch White Clark
Sarah Crawford Clark
Mrs. Harry C. Groome
Nehemiah Dodge
Sarah Crawford Dodge
Alfred Zantzinger
Clarence Clark Zantzinger
Margaret Shippen Buckley


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 are two cleats with flat, rounded ends, rounded profiles, and concave, then convex curvate transitions from shallower to deeper portions. A triangular block with two incurvate sides and a slightly cove-molded skirt sits atop four fluted colonnettes with turned bases and capitals, and is doweled into the cleats, allowing the top to tilt and the table to stand in a corner when not in use. The dowel at the back of the block is a separate piece, possibly an old repair, attached with countersunk screws and brads. A brass latch secures the top to the block. Small round dowels atop each colonnette, the center one wedged, are visible in the top of the block. The sides of the platform below are incurvate, with molded panels and chamfered skirts. On its underside, three iron plates, attached with rosehead and flat-headed nails, conceal and reinforce the joints between the platform and the legs. A wedged dowel at the bottom of the central colonnette is visible in the middle of the platform?s underside. The knees of the cabriole legs bear acanthus carving which continues onto the pedestal. The tops of the legs are rounded; the bottoms are flat, with prominent scribe lines and rasp marks. The stylized claw and ball feet have prominent knuckles, and were once fitted with wood risers. Examined by P. E. Kane, April 25, 2008; notes compiled by T. B. Lloyd.

See also


"Two Newport Tables," Antiques 6, no. 5 (May 1927): 365, fig. 1.
"Tea table (1980.65.1,a--c),"|1 (accessed September 17, 2013).
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), 327n5.