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Dining table


Object number

RIF6496

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

25 5/8 37 1/2 43 in. (65.09 95.25 109.22 cm)

Date

1740–90

Current location

Private collection

Geography

Made in Rhode Island
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Medium

Maple (primary); oak (hinged rails); pine (stationary rails)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

Pictograph of a human figure, in black ink, on interior of one stationary rail

Style

Queen Anne

Provenance

Skinner, Inc., Boston and Marlborough, Massachusetts (sale held Marlborough), November 15, 2015, lot 644

Associated names

Skinner, Inc.

Construction

The rectangular, single-board, oblong top has square edges and quarter round joints with its rectangular square-edged leaves; it is joined to its frame below by wood pins. There are shadows of metal hinges on the top and inside faces of stationary rails. The short, straight-skirted end rails below are each tenoned and double-wood-pinned to an exterior long rail on one side and fixed to an interior long rail in a dovetail joint having pins of varying configuration, with half-pins above, on the other. The interior rails are fixed to the stationary portions of the exterior rails with rosehead nails. The shorter, swinging portion of each exterior rail moves by means of a square, carved wood five-knuckled hinge. The swinging rails are tenoned and double wood-pinned to the rabbeted block atop a turned tapering leg with an outset shod pad foot with incised ankle. Photographs by Joshua A. Klein.

Bibliography

"Examination of an Eighteenth-Century Drop Leaf Table," Mortise and Tenon Magazine (2016): 80–93, ill.
"Skinner Auctioneers and Appraisers, Auction 2863M, Lot 644, Queen Anne Maple Drop-leaf Table," http://www.skinnerinc.com/auctions/2863M/lots/644 (accessed October 24, 2017).