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Card table


Object number

RIF6404

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

28 1/4 32 15 1/2 in. (71.76 81.28 39.37 cm)

Date

1790–1810

Current location


Geography

Probably made in Newport, Rhode Island
(view a map of Rhode Island)

Medium

Mahogany and light and dark wood inlay

Marks

Unknown

Inscriptions

Unknown

Style

Hepplewhite, Federal

Provenance

Stanley Weiss Collection, Providence, Rhode Island, 2013

Associated names

The Stanley Weiss Collection

Construction

The single-board oblong top has outset rectilinear corners, a serpentine front and sides, a flute-carved edge and is joined to its conformingly shaped two-board lower leaf by brass hinges set into their respective edges? rear outside corners. The lower leaf has a cove-molded edge and is fixed to its conformingly shaped frame by screwpockets ? one in the inside face of the interior back rail, two in the inside face of the proper left side rail (among others), and by glue blocks ? one vertical in each corner of the frame, and one horizontal, at the joint between the proper right side rail and the lower top leaf. The front and side rails, serpentine without and straight within, each have a chevron-carved, quarter round bead applied to the front of their skirt. Within the frame, near the proper right rail are two transverse battens, set into grooves in the front and rear rails, which support a "hidden" drawer, accessible through the outside face of the interior rear rail. The drawer?s plain front is joined to its flush, flat-topped sides by dovetail joints having finely cut pins with half-pins above. The single-board drawer bottom is parallel to the front. The interior rear rail meets the proper right side rail in a dovetail joint having large, narrow-necked pins, with half-pins above and below. Thin vertical blocks separate the interior from the exterior back rail, the proper right end of which swings out by means of a square, five-knuckled, carved wood hinge. The top of the swinging leg is accompanied by a vertical mahogany block. The front faces of the front legs are line-inlaid. Patches in the underside of the rails at either side of the front legs indicate the possible former presence of brackets. Photographs courtesy of the Stanley Weiss Collection, Providence, R.I.; notes compiled by T.B. Lloyd.

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