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Tea table


Object number

RIF5898

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

26 1/2 × 19 1/2 × 30 in. (67.31 × 49.53 × 76.2 cm)

Date

1750–70

Current location

Unknown

Geography

Made in Rhode Island
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Medium

Mahogany (primary); pine (glue blocks)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

“X,” inscribed on underside of top

Style

Queen Anne

Provenance

Possibly Nicholas Brown (1792–1791), Providence, Rhode Island, or his daughter and son-in-law, Hope Ives (née Brown,1773–1855) and Thomas Poynton Ives (1769–1835), Providence, Rhode Island; by descent to their daughter Mrs. William G. Goddard (née Charlotte Rhoda Ives, born 1792), Providence, Rhode Island; by descent to her son, William Goddard (1825–1907), Providence, Rhode Island; by descent to his daughter Mrs. Charles Oliver Iselin (née Edith Hope Goddard, 1868–1970), Providence, Rhode Island, Glen Head, New York, and Aiken, South Carolina; by descent in the family; consigned to Christie's, New York, September 25, 2013, lot 11; sold to Bernard and S. Dean Levy, Inc., New York

Associated names

Nicholas Brown
Hope Brown Ives
Thomas Poynton Ives
Charlotte Ives Goddard
William Goddard
Edith Goddard Iselin
Christie's
Bernard and S. Dean Levy, Inc.

Construction

The single-board, oblong, rectangular top is secured to its frame by wood pins, or nails, concealed by a perimeter beaded, quarter round molding applied with fasteners in wood-filled holes. The outside edges of the top are visible below the molding. The underside of the top is chamfered at the corners to accommodate pairs of vertical triangular glue blocks (three are missing) at the joints between the rails and the rectangular tops of the legs. The rails are tenoned into the tops of the legs without wood pins. Applied with brads to the underside of the rails is a quarter round skirt molding. One is missing. At each juncture of leg, rail and quarter round is a carved knee bracket. One is missing. The legs are square in section, with angular knees and slipper feet. Examined by P. E. Kane, J. N. Johnson, and T. B. Lloyd, September 23, 2013; notes compiled by T. B. Lloyd.

Bibliography

Lita Solis-Cohen, "Americana at Christie's," Maine Antique Digest (December 2013): 29-B, ill.
Christie's, New York, Important American Furniture, Folk Art, Silver, Paintings and Prints, sale cat. (September 25, 2013), 18–19, lot 11, ill.