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Pier table


Object number

RIF4416

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

32 1/2 × 53 3/4 × 26 1/4 in. (82.55 × 136.525 × 66.675 cm)

Date

1780–1800

Current location

Wunsch Americana Foundation, Inc.

Geography

Possibly made in Providence, Rhode Island
(view a map of Rhode Island)

Medium

Mahogany (primary); maple (back rail), pine (blocks)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

None

Style

Chippendale

Provenance

Possible line of descent: Nicholas Brown (1729–1791), Providence, Rhode Island, or his daughter and son-in-law, Hope Ives (née Brown,1773–1855) and Thomas Poynton Ives (1769–1835), Providence, Rhode Island; by descent to their daughter Mrs. William G. Goddard (née Charlotte Rhoda Ives, born 1792), Providence, Rhode Island; by descent to her son, William Goddard (1825–1907), Providence, Rhode Island; by descent to his daughter Mrs. Charles Oliver Iselin (née Edith Hope Goddard, 1868–1970), Providence, Rhode Island, Glen Head, New York, and Aiken, South Carolina; sold to Harry Arons, Ansonia, Connecticut, through Maxwell Turner; sold to Joseph K. Ott (1929–1994), Providence, Rhode Island, 1966; by descent to his wife, Anne Ott, Providence, Rhode Island; consigned to Christie's, New York, January 20, 2012, lot 153; sold to the Wunsch Americana Foundation, New York

Associated names

Nicholas Brown
Hope Brown Ives
Thomas Poynton Ives
Charlotte Ives Goddard
William Goddard
Edith Goddard Iselin
Maxwell Turner
Harry Arons
Joseph K. Ott
Anne Northrop Ott
Christie's

Construction

The single-board top is molded on all four sides and attached to the frame with screw pockets-- two on each end and three each on the front and back-- and a medial brace, dovetailed into the front and rear rail and screwed to the top. There is a molding below the top on the front and sides. The legs are connected to the rails by means of mortise and tenon joints, exhibiting two wood pins apiece, and vertical chamfered glue blocks (one is missing). There is a fillet molding near the bottom of the skirt, above a row of incised diagonal diaper carving. Scrolling openwork brackets (some replaced) decorate the juncture of skirts and legs at the front and sides. The brackets exhibit wood pins and are possibly tenoned into the skirt and leg. Each square leg is stop-fluted on all four sides. Examined by P. E. Kane and W. S. Braznell, January 14, 2012; notes compiled by T. B. Lloyd.

Bibliography

Joseph K. Ott, "John Townsend: A Chair and Two Tables," Antiques 94, no. 3 (September 1968): 389–390, fig. 3.
Joseph K. Ott, "Some Rhode Island Furniture," Antiques 107, no. 5 (May 1975): 941, fig. 3.
Christie's, New York, The Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph K. Ott, sale cat. (January 20, 2012), 62–63, lot 153, ill.