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Table


Object number

RIF5980

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

25 7/8 28 20 3/8 in. (65.72 71.12 51.75 cm)

Date

1750–80

Current location

Babcock-Smith House Museum

Geography

Made in Rhode Island, or made in eastern Connecticut
(view a map of Rhode Island)

Medium

Maple (top, molding, and legs); butternut(?) (rails)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

None

Style

Queen Anne

Provenance

Babcock-Smith House, Westerly, Rhode Island

Construction

The two boards of the oblong rectangular top are joined by a twice-pinned wood tenon. At each edge of the top is a molded cleat, mitered at the corners and fixed to it with wood-filled fasteners. The top is now fixed to its frame by screws in two transverse battens at the joints between it and the two shorter rails below. The flat-arch skirted rails are tenoned and double-wood-pinned to the rectangular tops of the turned, tapering legs, which end in slightly outset shod pad feet with gouge-carved ankles and heels. Examined by P. E. Kane and J. N. Johnson, April 16, 2014; notes compiled by T. B. Lloyd.

Notes

The table retains traces of a red paint.

Bibliography

Ellen Madison, "Finding a Niche," Early American Life 46, no. 3 (June 2015): 57, ill.