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Marble slab table


Object number

RIF4966

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

30 1/2 × 48 × 24 1/2 in. (77.47 × 121.92 × 62.23 cm)

Date

1755–75

Current location

Private collection

Geography

Made in Newport, Rhode Island
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Medium

Mahogany (primary); maple (rails); marble (top)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

None

Provenance

Possibly John G. Wanton (1729–1799), Newport, Rhode Island; by descent to his daughter, Mary "Polly" Wanton (born 1762) and her husband, Daniel Lyman (1756–1830), Newport, and North Providence, Rhode Island; by descent to their daughter, Mrs. Jacob Dunnell (née Mary Wanton Lyman, born 1788), North Providence; by descent to her son, Jacob Dunnell (1811–1886), Pawtucket, Rhode Island; by descent to his son, William Wanton Dunnell (born 1850), Pawtucket; by descent to his son, William Wanton Dunnell, Jr. (born 1894), Pawtucket; by descent to his son, William Wanton Dunnell III (born 1932), Boston, Massachusetts; by descent to the present owner

Associated names

John G. Wanton
Mary "Polly" Wanton
Daniel Lyman
Mary Wanton Lyman
Jacob Dunnell
William Dunnell
William Dunnell, Jr.
William Dunnell III

Construction

The rectangular, oblong, marble top is molded on its front and side edges, and rests upon a frame consisting of four plain rails, each tenoned and wood-pinned to the rectangular top of its adjacent leg. Rectangular L-shaped vertical blocks, with slightly chamfered outside corners, fit around the inside of each rectangular leg top and are screwed into the backs of the adjacent rails. To the outside of the front and side rails are attached, with wood-filled fasteners, a two-part face, consisting of a bolection and cove molding, with a separate quarter round above. In the top of the proper right face molding, above the rear leg, is a nail hole beside a small hollow. Between the rectangular tops of the legs and the applied moldings, at each rear corner, are two narrow rectangular vertical blocks. Below the molded frieze is an applied convex skirt, continuing, at each leg, to an applied convex cove bracket. The cabriole legs are square-sectioned with angular knees and ankles. The front legs have stylized acanthus carving at the knees; the rear knees are unadorned. Between each front knee and its adjacent convex skirt molding are narrow vertical carved knee brackets. The front legs have vigorously carved tendons, claws and undercut talons, grasping elongated ball feet. Portions of the proper right front talons and claws are missing. The outside portion of the ball and two claws and talons of the proper left foot are missing. The rear legs end in shod pad feet. Examined by P.E. Kane, July 20, 2010; notes compiled by T.B. Lloyd.