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Tea table


Object number

RIF6059

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

25 1/8 33 1/4 21 1/2 in. (63.82 84.46 54.61 cm)

Date

1740–80

Current location

Private collection

Geography

Made in Rhode Island
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Medium

Mahogany

Marks

None

Inscriptions

None

Provenance

By descent to the current owner, 2001

Construction

A beaded, quarter-round frame molding is attached to the oblong, rectangular single-board top with wood-filled fasteners. The outside edge of the top is visible below the molding. The top is secured to the frame by later multiple small chamfered blocks set into grooves in the inside of the rails- three each in the short rails and four each in the long rails- and screwed into the underside of the top. At each corner of the frame are two triangular vertical glue blocks (some replaced) at the juncture rail and leg. A quarter-round skirt molding is fixed with wood-filled fasteners to the bottom of each rail. Knee brackets are nailed with brads at either side of each cabriole leg, which are square in section, with angular knees and ankles, ending in slipper feet. Examined by P.E. Kane and J.N. Johnson, March 7, 2014; notes compiled by T.B. Lloyd.