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Tilt-top table


Object number

RIF5609

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

Height: 26 1/4 in. (66.68 cm) Diameter, top: 18 3/4 in. (47.63 cm)

Date

1760–80

Current location

Private collection

Geography

Made in Rhode Island
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Medium

Mahogany (primary); chestnut (block)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

"B. P. Burdon," in graphite, on top surface of block; "I," "II," and "III," incised on underside of each leg near dovetail joint

Provenance

B. P. Burdon. Private collection, 2007

Associated names

B. P. Burdon

Construction

The round, single-board top has a moulded edge. Affixed to its underside are two long cleats with shaped ends and rounded profiles, secured with four (some later) screws, and a wrought-iron catch latch, secured with three screws. Within the cleats are holes containing pins attached to a square block, allowing the top to tilt. The arrangement of tilting top and tripod base allows the table to stand in a corner when not in use. Opposite the tilting side of the block is a wrought-iron pin, which secures the catch latch when the table top is down. An opening in the center of the square block reveals the square top of the pedestal base, within which are two wood wedges centering a single nail. The pedestal consists of a turned capital above a tapered shaft, and an urn-and-spool form base. Three cabriole legs with flat sides, angular knees and ankles, and shod snake feet are dovetailed into the scalloped pedestal base. Inspected by P. E. Kane and W. S. Braznell, August 27, 2012; notes compiled by T. B. Lloyd.