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Table


Object number

RIF5633

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

26 30 1/2 39 3/4 in. (66.04 77.47 100.97 cm)

Date

1740–1800

Current location

Private collection

Geography

Probably made in Rhode Island
(view a map of Rhode Island)

Medium

Maple

Marks

“W [center brace] D / 17 [center brace] 94,” in Spanish brown paint, on underside of table top

Inscriptions

“I,” in chalk, on underside of table top; “I,” in graphite, on inside surfaces of one of the legs and rails [at their juncture]; “11,” in graphite, on inside surfaces of one of the legs and rails [at their juncture]; “III,” in graphite, on inside surfaces of one of the legs and rails [at their juncture]

Style

Queen Anne

Provenance

Skinner, Inc., Boston and Bolton, Massachusetts (sale held Bolton), 1997; H. Schiller Collection, New Jersey, 2001; Joanne and Jeffrey Klein, by 2013; consigned to Keno Auctions, New York, January 22, 2013, lot 125; sold to private collection

Associated names

Skinner, Inc.
H. Schiller
Jeffrey Klein
Joanne Klein
Keno Auctions

Construction

The two-board top is held together by four butterfly joints with wedges on both ends. The top is fastened to the frame with eight pegs (square pegs in round holes). The top is supported by a center brace that passes through the rails. No fasteners or glue appear to have been used to affix the brace. The rails are tenoned into the legs, and each joint is secured with two through pins. There are vertical saw marks visible on the inside surfaces of the rails. There are holes visible at the bottoms of the feet (pad feet with discs), where the legs were turned on a lathe. The outside edge of the underside of the table is canted. The table retains much of its original Spanish brown paint. Examined by P. E. Kane, J. S. Gordon, W. S. Braznell, and J. N. Johnson, January 21, 2013.

Notes


Bibliography

Keno Auctions, New York, Important American Furniture, Paintings, Folk Art, and Decorative Art, sale cat. (January 22, 2013), 59, lot 125, ill.
Lita Solis-Cohen, "Keno Sells Americana," Maine Antique Digest (April 2013): 28-C, ill.