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Tea table


Object number

RIF4674

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

Height: 26 1/2 in. (67.31 cm) Width: 32 3/8 in. (82.233 cm) Depth: 20 1/4 in. (51.435 cm) Top, length: 31 in. (78.74 cm) Top, width: 18 3/4 in. (47.625 cm)

Date

1740–80

Current location

Unknown

Geography

Made in Rhode Island
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Medium

Mahogany (primary); yellow poplar (corner blocks)

Marks

Unknown

Inscriptions

Unknown

Style

Queen Anne

Provenance

C. L. Prickett, Inc., Yardley, Pennsylvania, 2002. A Florida collector; consigned to Sotheby's, New York, January 17 and 20, 2019, lot 1619

Associated names

C. L. Prickett, Inc.
Sotheby's

Construction

The oblong, rectangular top is fixed to its frame by a transverse batten at its underside, chamfered at each end where it is set into the top of each long rail; the batten is fixed to the top with two screws, one each near its ends. There are two empty nail holes in the batten at its mid-point and an adjacent (probably later) trapezoidal glue block. Rectangular shadows and empty nail holes indicate the former presence of other blocks on the top?s underside. A beaded, quarter round edge molding is fixed to the top?s outside edge with wood-filled fasteners. The rails are tenoned to the tops of the legs without wood pins. The inside faces of some of the rails are particularly rough-hewn, showing evidence of hatchet marks. At each corner of the frame is either a diagonal shadow and (later) rectangular vertical glue blocks (one corner has no blocks), or diagonal vertical glue blocks. The legs? flush knee brackets (some replaced) are accompanied by an assortment of shaped and rectilinear glue blocks. The carbide legs have angular knees, calves, ankles and slipper feet. Examined by P.E. Kane, J.S. Gordon, A. Ward, and J.N. Johnson, January 20, 2019; notes compiled by T.B. Lloyd.

Bibliography

"C. L. Prickett advertisement in the Philadelphia Antiques Show advertisement section," Antiques and the Arts Weekly (March 29, 2002): 54, ill.
"C. L. Prickett advertisement," Maine Antique Digest (April 2002): 7-C, ill.
Sotheby's, New York, Important Americana, sale cat. (January 17 and 20, 2019), 276, lot 1619, ill.