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Tea table

Object number



Maker Unknown


26 1/2 × 32 1/8 × 21 7/8 in. (67.31 × 81.6 × 55.56 cm)



Current location



Made in Rhode Island
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Walnut; white pine (corner blocks)




"Job Briggs / for T Briggs," in chalk, in an eighteenth-century hand on underside of top; "x," incised, on underside of moldings on short sides and one molding on long side, as well as on underside of top two times


Hollis French, Boston and Annisquam, Massachusetts; by descent to his daughter, Mrs. Alden Frick Megrew (née Rue French), Boulder, Colorado ; by descent to her, daughter Mrs. David Hamilton (née Anne Megrew, died 2011), Washington state; consigned by her estate to Northeast Auctions, Hampton and Portsmouth, New Hampshire, November 12–13, 2011, lot 656. Northeast Auctions, Hampton and Portsmouth, New Hampshire (sale held Manchester, New Hampshire), August 2–3, 2014, lot 662

Associated names

Hollis French
Anne Megrew Hamilton
Northeast Auctions
Rue French Megrew


Hatchet marks are visible on the rails and the underside of the top. The bottom moldings are held in place with glue and two sprigs on each side. The top molding have square pegs over each nail, two on each side. The joints of the legs and rails are strengthened by two vertical blocks in each corner that are chamfered on the corners where they fit against the table top.


Northeast Auctions, Portsmouth, N.H., Annual Fall Auction, sale cat. (November 12–13, 2011), 122, lot 656.
Northeast Auctions, Portsmouth, N.H., Annual Summer Americana Auction, sale cat. (August 2–3, 2014), 136, lot 662, ill.
Rick Russack, "Canadian Folk Art Comes of Age at Northeast Auctions," Antiques and the Arts Weekly (August 29, 2014): 20, ill.
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), 213n4.