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Card tables, assembled pair


Object number

RIF6581

Maker

Maker Holmes Weaver, American, 1769?1848, active 1796?1848

Dimensions

28 7/8 35 1/4 17 1/4 in. (73.3 89.5 43.8 cm)

Date

1800–1810

Current location

Unknown

Geography

Made in Newport, Rhode Island
(view a map of Rhode Island)

Medium

Mahogany (primary) ; maple (hinged rails and some glue blocks); pine (stationary rear rails, front and side rails and some glue blocks)

Marks

"Holmes Weaver, / Cabinet and Chair-Maker / Meeting Street, / Newport," printed, on a paper label glued to the exteriors of hinged rails (partial label on one with replaced rear legs)

Inscriptions

None

Style

Hepplewhite, Federal

Provenance

Christie's, New York, January 15–16, 2004, lot 582 for table with partial label (RIF212). A Connecticut collector; consigned to Sotheby's, New York, January 17 and 20, 2019, lot 1583 (unsold)

Associated names

Sotheby's

Construction

Each table has a hinged hexagonal, single-board, upper leaf with a square, inlaid edge above a conforming stationary top. The leaves are joined by brass hinges set into the edges of their rear outside corners. One table?s top is seemed to its conformingly shaped frame by screwpockets inside the diagonal rails and the short, rear rails and by small rectilinear glue blocks. Each of its frame?s interior front corners contains two triangular blocks fixed to the back of the veneered rails with rosehead nails and countersunk screws. Some of the triangular blocks set against the underside of the top are fixed to it with screwpockets and may be of later date. The other table?s top is secured to its frame by large horizontal chamfered glue blocks at the front rails and two large rectangular glue blocks at the rear rail. Its interior front corners each contain a vertical rectangular block held in place by a variety of countersunk screws. Each table?s interior rear rail is fixed to the central stationary portion of the exterior rail with four countersunk screws. These interior rear rails meet the short rear portions of the front rails in dovetail joints having pins of slightly varying configuration, with half-pins above and below. Each interior rear rail is slightly deeper than the front rails; its skirt is slightly chamfered at its outer extremities, where it is rabbeted to accept the top of each swinging leg. The exterior rear rails are deeper still than the interior rear rails; their ends swing out by means of round, carved wood, six-knuckled hinges. Atop each leg is an inlaid diamond panel flanked by incised lines. The tapering legs are pentagonal in plan, with inlaid vertical panels and cuffs in their outside faces only. Examined by P.E. Kane, J.S. Gordon, A. Ward, and J.N. Johnson, January 20, 2019; notes compiled by T.B. Lloyd.

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Bibliography

Christie's, New York, Important American Furniture, Folk Art, Silver, Prints, and 20th Century Self-Taught and Outside Art, sale cat. (January 15–16, 2004), 322, lot 582 (one of the pair), ill.
Sotheby's, New York, Important Americana, sale cat. (January 17 and 20, 2019), 256, lot 1583, ill.