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Dining table

Object number



Maker Unknown


Closed: 27 3/4 × 21 1/4 × 48 1/4 in. (70.49 × 53.98 × 122.56 cm) Width, open: 60 in. (152.4 cm)



Current location



Made in Newport, Rhode Island
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Maple (primary); pine (drawer sides and back); oak (rails); yellow poplar (drawer supports and drawer bottom)






Alice Southworth Cooke (1688–1770) and John Cooke (1685–1754), Little Compton, Rhode Island; by descent to their son Samuel Cooke (1715–1767), Little Compton, Rhode Island; by descent to his son Col. John Cooke (1744–1812), Little Compton and Middletown, Rhode Island; by descent to his daughter Mrs. Perry Green Arnold (née Priscilla Cooke, 1782–1815); by descent to her daughter Mrs. Daniel Watson (née Sarah Arnold, 1799–1883); by descent to Mrs. Joseph Hoffman, Philadelphia; sold to Samahas' Early American Antiques, MIlan, Ohio; sold to Anne H. and Frederick Vogel III, Milwaukee; consigned to Sotheby's, New York, January 19, 2019, lot 1061 (unsold)

Associated names

John Cooke
Alice Southworth Cooke
Samuel Cooke
Colonel John Cooke
Priscilla Cooke
Sarah Arnold
Mrs. Joseph Hoffman
Samahas' Early American Antiques
Anne H. Vogel
Frederick Vogel III


The oblong, two-board, square-edged top has bowed ends and is joined to its half-round leaves by four (later) pairs of metal hinges. There are shadows of earlier hinges just inward of the frame. There is a tenon joint between the top and its leaves. The frame below consists of two short skirts, one of which contains a drawer, and two long rails, in each of which is a swinging "gate" leg. The drawer front meets its slightly shorter, round-topped sides in dovetail joints, having a single large tail, with a half-pin above and a half-pin with rabbet below. The full-width, full-depth flat drawer bottom is perpendicular to the front. In each corner between the long and short rails is a drawer stop. The top and bottom rails in the skirt drawer are tenoned and single-wood-pinned to the rectangular blocks atop the vase ? and ring-turned legs. The long rails are tenoned and double-wood-pinned to the legs at the corners of the frame. Fixed with rosehead nails inside each rail is a support for the long drawer. Doweled into the bottom of each rail is a swinging "gate" leg, also doweled into a block in the vase- and ring-turned side stretchers below. When closed, the rabbeted rectangular blocks of each swinging leg fit into rabbets in the upper rail and the long stretcher below. The stretchers of the swinging legs ? plain above and ring- and vase-turned below ? are tenoned and single-wood-pinned to their respective upright members, as are the stretchers between the four stationary legs. In the underside of each long rail of the frame, slightly inward of the drawer front, is wood pin on the proper left, and a circular hole on the proper right. Examined by P. E. Kane and J. N. Johnson, May 16, 2014; notes compiled by T. B. Lloyd.


This table shares turned features with others in RIFA including a single baluster with prominent reel on the gate legs and a short baluster and reel below an elongated baluster with two rings above on the legs. See related examples.

See also


Erik K. Gronning and Dennis Andrew Carr, "Rhode Island Gateleg Tables," Antiques 165, no. 5 (May 2004): 125–126, fig. 3.
Erik K. Gronning and Dennis Andrew Carr, "Early Rhode Island Turning," American Furniture (2005): 7–8, fig. 13–15.
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), 31n54, 183nn1, 3.