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Card tables, pair

Object number



Maker Unknown


Closed: 29 1/2 29 5/8 14 3/8 in. (74.93 75.25 36.51 cm)



Current location

Private collection


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










Mary Elizabeth Dolan Taradash (1903–1981) and Mitchell M. Taradash (1889–1973), Ardsley-on-Hudson, New York, by 1946; sold to Israel Sack, Inc., New York, by 1969; sold to Doris and Richard Seidlitz, Pound Ridge, New York, before 1988; consigned to Sotheby's, New York, January 30, 1988, lot 1776

Associated names

Mitchell M. Taradash
Israel Sack, Inc.
Doris Seidlitz
Richard M. Seidlitz


A number of card tables attributed to Rhode Island have facades with serpentine curves in plan and section, beading or gadrooning along the lower edge of the facade, blocked corners, stop-fluted legs, pierced corner brackets, and gouge decoration on the top leaf edge. See the related examples below. Closely related tables have straight legs; see, for example, RIF56. Other similar tables lacking some of the features shared by these two groups are recorded in the database as well.

See also


Alice Winchester, "Living with Antiques: The Home of Mr. and Mrs. Mitchel Taradash," Antiques 63, no. 1 (January 1953): 46, ill.
Ralph E. Carpenter, Jr., "The Newport Exhibition," Antiques 64, no. 1 (July 1953): 41, fig. 12.
Helen Comstock, "American Furniture in California," Antiques 65, no. 1 (January 1954): referenced on p. 56, fig. 14.
Ralph E. Carpenter, Jr., The Arts and Crafts of Newport, Rhode Island, 1640–1820 (Newport, R.I.: Preservation Society of Newport County, 1954), 95, no. 67, ill.
American Antiques from Israel Sack Collection, 10 vols. (Washington, D.C.: Highland House Publishers, 1957–1989), vol. 2, p. 555, no. 1299, ill.
"Israel Sack, Inc., advertisement," Antiques 95, no. 4 (April 1969): inside cover, ill.
Felice Davis, "The American Connoisseur: A 'Young' Collector and American Antiques," Connoisseur 179, no. 721 (March 1972): 194, fig. 4.
Sotheby's, New York, Important American Furniture: The Collection of Doris and Richard M. Seidlitz, sale cat. (January 30, 1988), lot 1776, ill.
Nancy E. Richards and Nancy Goyne Evans, New England Furniture at Winterthur: Queen Anne and Chippendale Periods (Winterthur, Del.: Winterthur Publications, 1997), 272n1.
Brock Jobe, Gary R. Sullivan, and Jack O'Brien, Harbor and Home: Furniture of Southeastern Massachusetts, 1710–1850 (Hanover, N.H.: University Press of New England, 2009), 411, entry 41n 2.