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Card table


Object number

RIF6099

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

29 1/2 30 1/2 14 in. (74.93 77.47 35.56 cm)

Date

1780–1800

Current location

Private collection

Geography

Made in Rhode Island
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Medium

Mahogany (primary); maple (hinged rail); pine (stationary rails); yellow poplar (glue blocks)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

“X,” incised on underside of proper-right stationary and hinged rails

Provenance

Gary R. Sullivan Antiques, Inc., Sharon, Massachusetts; sold to private collection

Associated names

Gary R. Sullivan Antiques, Inc.

Construction

The single board lower leaf has cove-molded, serpentine side and front edges, square outset front corners, and is joined to its conformingly shaped, single-board upper leaf with gouge-carved edge by brass hinges set into the edges of their respective rear corners. There is a single tenon joint at the midpoint of the leaves? rear edges. The top is secured to the conformingly shaped frame by ten screw pockets ? three each in the front and rear rails, and two each in the side rails. Both top and rails bear shadows of numerous glueblocks, now missing. The single-board front and side rails are serpentine in plan and elevation, flat on their inside faces, and have applied carving at the bottom of their skirt fronts. The interior rear rail is fixed to the stationary portion of the exterior rear rail by rosehead nails. In three corners of the frame there is a vertical rectangular glue block; in the proper right rear is a shadow of a missing block. The rails meet the legs in mortise and tenon joints, with no wood pins. The proper right end of the interior rear rail meets the proper right side rail in a dovetail joint, having a narrow-necked pin, with half-pins above and below. The swinging portion of the exterior rear rail is tenoned to its swinging leg without wood pins. It moves by means of a square, carved wood, five-knuckled hinge. At each inside face of the front legs are openwork brackets, nailed with brads to the legs and the underside of the neighboring rails. The square, stop-fluted legs are chamfered on their inside corners. Examined by P. E. Kane and J. N. Johnson, January 22, 2014; notes compiled by T. B. Lloyd.