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Card table


Object number

RIF5660

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

28 1/4 31 3/4 15 3/8 in. (71.76 80.65 39.05 cm)

Date

1775–95

Current location


Geography

Made in Newport, Rhode Island
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Medium

Mahogany and mahogany veneer (primary); oak (hinged rail); pine (front rail, stationary rail, and drawer linings); maple (side rails, glue blocks, drawer supports, and drawer stop); yellow poplar ( bar to keep drawer from tipping)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

None

Provenance

By descent in the Goddard family, Rhode Island, until 2013; consigned to Sotheby's, New York, January 25–26, 2013, lot 426

Associated names

Goddard Family
Sotheby's

Construction

The single-board, rectangular, oblong top has a quarter round, thumb-molded edge, and is joined to the conformingly shaped and molded leaf above by brass hinges in the rear corners. There are no leaf-edge joints. The top is secured to its frame by multiple horizontal rectangular glue blocks. Inside each corner of the frame are vertical rectangular glue blocks ? two each in the front (one missing), and one each in the rear (one missing). In the proper right side of the interior rear rail is a small drawer, whose transverse supports are set into grooves in the front rail and the interior rear rail. A transverse batten intended to keep the drawer from tipping is similarly affixed. A rectangular chamfered drawer stop is nailed with brads to the interior rear rail. The drawer front meets its flush, square-top sides in dovetail joints, each having a single, finely cut pin, with a half-pin above. The flat, single-board drawer bottom, perpendicular to the front, is set into rabbets in the drawer sides and nailed with brads. The drawer back is chamfered at its upper corners. The front and side rails of the frame are veneered. Nailed with brads to their bottoms is a thumb-molded, half round bead. The proper right end of the interior rear rail meets the side rail in a dovetail joint, having narrow pins with half-pins above and below. The interior and exterior rear rails are joined by rosehead nails through thin spacer blocks. The rails, including the swinging rail, are tenoned, without wood pins, to the rectangular blocks atop the legs. The swinging rail, fitted with the applied molding, moves by means of a carved wood, five-knuckled round hinge. Under the front and side rails are shadows of brackets, formerly attached with glue and brads. Between the front rail and legs are later brackets. The square legs are molded on their outside faces and chamfered on their inside corners. Examined by P. E. Kane, J. S. Gordon, J. N. Johnson and W. S. Braznell, January 23, 2013; notes compiled by T. B. Lloyd.

Notes

The corner brackets are replaced. The table retains its original card drawer. Source: Important Americana, Furniture, Folk Art, Silver, Porcelain, Prints and Carpets, including Property sold by the Philadelphia Museum of Art," Sotheby's, New York, January 25–26, 2013, p. 231, lot 426.

Bibliography

Sotheby's, New York, Important Americana, Furniture, Folk Art, Silver, Porcelain, Prints and Carpets including Property sold by the Philadelphia Museum of Art, sale cat. (January 25–26, 2013), 231, lot 370.