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Dining table


Object number

RIF5982

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

Open: 27 1/2 56 52 3/4 in. (69.85 142.24 133.99 cm)

Date

1750–70

Current location


Geography

Probably made in Hopkinton, Rhode Island
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Medium

Maple (top, legs, and stationary rails); oak (hinged rails)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

None

Style

Queen Anne

Provenance

By tradition, Joshua Clarke (1717–1793), Hopkinton, Rhode Island. Lawrence Wheeler Kenyon (1900–1983), Hopkinton, Rhode Island; sold to his nephew Richard Grills (born 1932), Rhode Island; given to the Hopkinton Historical Society, Rhode Island, 2007, on loan to Babcock-Smith House, Westerly, Rhode Island, 2014

Associated names

Joshua Clarke
Lawrence Kenyon
Richard Grills

Construction

The oblong top has bowed ends with a slightly rounded edge, and is flanked by two-board, half-round leaves. The boards of each leaf are joined by butterfly wedges; the joints between them and the top are quarter-round. Top and leaves are joined by four pairs of iron hinges, each leaf thrice-screwed. Top and frame are joined, in part, by later L-shaped metal brackets. The inner and outer rails are joined by rosehead nails. The flat-skirted short rails meet the swinging-leg ends of the inner rails in dovetail joints, having large, narrow-necked pins with half-pins above and below. The swinging portion of the outer rails are tenoned and double-wood-pinned to the rectangular, rabbeted tops of the swinging legs, which move by means of square, carved-wood, five-knuckled hinges. The turned, tapering legs end in outset pad feet. Examined by P.E. Kane and J.N. Johnson, April 16, 2014; notes compiled by T.B. Lloyd.

Bibliography

Patricia E. Kane et al., Art and Industry in Early America: Rhode Island Furniture, 1650–1830, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2016), 233n4.