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Card table


Object number

RIF5460

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

29 3/4 32 15 3/4 in. (75.57 81.28 40.01 cm)

Date

1780–1800

Current location

Private collection

Geography

Made in Rhode Island
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Medium

Mahogany (primary); cherry (hinged rail); pine (stationary rail and glue blocks)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

"W. Cordwell," branded on underside of top

Provenance

W. Cordwell, location unknown. Peter Oliver, Middleborough, Massachusetts; consigned by his estate to Bonhams, New York, September 24, 2012, lot 5180. Bernard and S. Dean Levy, Inc., New York, 2012; sold to private collection, 2013

Associated names

W. Cordwell
Peter Oliver
Bonhams
Bernard and S. Dean Levy, Inc.

Construction

The single-board lower leaf has a cove-molded edge, a serpentine front and sides, and square front corners. It is joined to its conformingly shaped upper leaf, which has a square gouge-carved edge, by brass hinges set into the edges of their rear corners. On the perimeter, at the front and sides of the top of the upper leaf is an incised line. There is a single joint between the leaves consisting of a tenon at the midpoint of the lower leaf?s back edge and a mortise on the upper leaf, both laid out with scribe lines. The lower leaf is secured to its conformingly shaped frame by five screwpockets ? one each inside the front of the side rails, one at the middle of the inside face of the front rail, and one at each end of the inside face of the interior rear rail. The skirts and fronts of the front and side rails are serpentine; their inside faces are straight. A small gouge-carved molding is glued into a rabbet at the rails? skirts and continues across the outside faces of the legs. The rails are tenoned, without wood pins, to the tops of the legs. The interior rear rail is joined to the exterior rear rail by screws through a spacer block between them. There is another such block between the rails at their proper left end and a (damaged) block at the joint between the end of the swinging rail and the top of its leg. The proper right end of the interior rear rail meets the side skirt in a dovetail joint having a single pin with half-pins above and below. In the interior corner of that joint is a large rectangular vertical glue block. In the front interior corners of the frame are smaller rectangular vertical glue blocks (the proper left front one is missing) with chamfered lower edges; in the proper left rear corner is a quarter round vertical glue block. The proper right end of the exterior rear rail swings by means of a square, five-knuckled carved wood hinge. At the top of each inside face of the front legs is an openwork bracket glued and nailed with brads to the top of each leg and the bottom of the adjacent rail. The square legs are chamfered at their inside corners and stop-fluted on their outside faces only. Examined by P. E. Kane and J. N. Johnson, May 31, 2014; notes compiled by T. B. Lloyd.

Bibliography

Bonhams, New York, Fine Furniture, Silver, Decorative Arts, and Clocks, sale cat. (September 24, 2012), 66?67, lot 5180.