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Card table


Object number

RIF5809

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

29 35 17 in. (73.66 88.9 43.18 cm)

Date

1790–1810

Current location

Unknown

Geography

Made in Rhode Island
(view a map of Rhode Island)

Medium

Mahogany and maple veneer (primary); pine (laminated rounded corners, stationary rear rail, and glue blocks); maple (hinged rail and straight sections of front and side rails)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

"125 years old when purchased / in Boston by C.M.G. for N.L.B. / December 11th, 1902," written in ink on white paper label with red border, affixed to underside of top; "l," in chalk, on interior of proper right laminated rails; illegible mark, in chalk, on interior of front rail

Style

Hepplewhite, Federal

Provenance

Skinner, Inc., Boston and Marlborough, Massachusetts (sale held Marlborough), August 10, 2013, lot 341

Associated names

Skinner, Inc.

Construction

The two-board top has a square, inlaid edge and inset quarter round corners and is joined to its conformingly shaped, single-board upper leaf by two pairs of brass hinges set into the edges of the leaves? rear corners. The top is secured to its conformingly shaped frame by screwpockets ? one in the proper right end of the inside face of the interior rear rail, one in the inside face of the front rail, one in the inside face of each quarter round corner rail (which consist of two laminations), and one in the outside face of the stationary portion of the exterior rear rail. Each front leg is held to the skirt by two screw pockets, those for the proper left leg being considerably larger than those for the right. The straight side rails are fixed to the ends of the laminated corners with two screwpockets and three nails. The front rail is tenoned to the tops of the front legs. The proper right end of the interior rear rail meets the neighboring portion of the side rail in a dovetail joint having finely cut pins with half-pins above and below. The proper left end is butted to the end of its side rail. In each rear corner of the frame is a rectangular vertical glue block with a chamfered outside corner. The interior rear rail is fixed by nails through two small blocks to the stationary portion of the exterior rear rail. The ends of the exterior rear rail are tenoned to their respective legs. The swinging end moves by means of a square, five-knuckled carved wood hinge. Photographs courtesy of Skinner Inc.; notes compiled by T. B. Lloyd.

Bibliography

Skinner, Inc., Boston and Marlborough, Mass., August Americana and Americana Online, sale cat. (August 10, 2013), 92, lot 341.