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Dining table


Object number

RIF5962

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

27 49 42 in. (68.58 124.46 106.68 cm)

Date

1750–70

Current location

Private collection

Geography

Made in Rhode Island
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Medium

Mahogany (primary); maple (stationary rails and battens)

Marks

"R?," in rectangle, stamped, on at least three iron hinges on underside of top

Inscriptions

"Property of / Katharine J. Dyer / ? delivered on demand," written in ink, on paper label glued to outside of one hinged rail

Style

Queen Anne

Provenance

By descent in the Dyer family, Rhode Island, to Katharine J. Dyer. Bernard and S. Dean Levy, Inc., New York; sold to current owner, 2001

Associated names

Dyer family
Katharine J. Dyer
Bernard and S. Dean Levy, Inc.

Construction

The oblong, single-board top has bowed ends and a slightly rounded edge and is joined to its half-round single-board leaves by four pairs of metal hinges, each leaf thrice-screwed, set slightly outward of the frame. The joint between the leaves is quarter round. The top is secured to the frame by a screw pocket inside each short rail (the screws are missing) and by four rectangular blocks, two set into each interior rail and fixed, with a variety of screws ? some flat, some dome-topped; some surface-mounted, some countersunk ? to the underside of the top. The flat-arched short rails meet the ends of the stationary rails beside the swinging legs in dovetail joints having finely cut, narrow-necked pins with half-pins above and below. There is a (replaced) vertical rectangular glue block in these corners. The inside rails are fixed to the stationary portions of the outside rails by rosehead nails. The swinging rails are tenoned to the rectangular top of their legs, showing two wood pins each. The rectangular tops of the legs are rabbeted to fit under the corner of the adjacent short rails. They move by means of carved wood five-knuckled square hinges. The inside face of the inside rails bears prominent vertical saw marks. The turned tapering legs end in outset shod pad feet with incised heels. Examined by P. E. Kane and J. N. Johnson, May 5, 2014; notes compiled by T. B. Lloyd.