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Card table


Object number

RIF6330

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

29 × 28 1/2 × 14 1/4 in. (73.66 × 72.39 × 36.2 cm)

Date

1790–1810

Current location

Unknown

Geography

Made in Rhode Island
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Medium

Mahogany (primary); pine (stationary rail, block between hinged and stationary rail, corner blocks); maple (hinged rail)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

None

Style

Hepplewhite, Federal

Provenance

Mrs. J. Insley Blair (née Natalie Knowlton, 1884–1951), New York and Tuxedo Park, New York; by descent to her daughter Natica Blair Lorillard (1913–1955); by descent to her husband Screven Lorillard (1909–1979); by descent to his wife Alice Whitney Lorillard (1919–2015); by descent in her family; consigned to Christie's, New York, January 20, 2017, lot 555; sold to Seth A. Thayer, Belfast, Maine

Associated names

Natalie Knowlton Blair
Natica Blair Lorillard
Screven Lorillard
Alice Whitney Lorillard
Christie's
Seth A. Thayer

Construction

The single-board, half-round top has a square, flute-carved edge and is joined to its conformingly shaped, single-board lower leaf by brass hinges set into their respective edges? rear outside corners. There is a single leaf-edge mortise and tenon joint. The lower leaf has a cove-molded edge and is fixed to its conformingly shaped frame by five screwpockets, one each in the inside faces of the three, single-board sections of the half-round front rail, and two in the inside face of the interior back rail. The molded, square front legs are attached to the front rail behind interior half-round three-part blocks. Incurvate fret work brackets are nailed with brads to the legs and skirt at either side of each front leg. The interior rear rail is joined to the central, fixed portion of the exterior rail by screws and rosehead nails. The ends of the interior rear rail meet the front rails in dovetail joints having finely cut, narrow-necked pins, with half-pins above and below. A vertical quarter round glue block occupies each interior rear corner of the frame. Each swinging portion of the exterior rear rail moves by means of a square, five-knuckled, carved wood hinge. Each swinging rail is tenoned to the top of a swinging leg and accompanied by a vertical mahogany block. The legs are molded on their outward facing sides. Examined by P.E. Kane, January 17, 2017; notes compiled by T.B. Lloyd.

Bibliography

Christie's, New York, Important American Furniture, Folk Art, and Silver, sale cat. (January 20, 2017), 52, lot 555, ill.
Clayton Pennington, "Portrait by Ammi Phillips Leads Americana Auction," Maine Antique Digest (March 2017): 31-A, ill.