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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


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.
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.
"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.
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 41n2.
Nancy E. Richards and Nancy Goyne Evans, New England Furniture at Winterthur: Queen Anne and Chippendale Periods (Winterthur, Del.: Winterthur Publications, 1997), 272n1.
Sotheby's, New York, Important American Furniture: The Collection of Doris and Richard M. Seidlitz, sale cat. (January 30, 1988), lot 1776, ill.
Helen Comstock, "American Furniture in California," Antiques 65, no. 1 (January 1954): referenced on p. 56, fig. 14.
American Antiques from Israel Sack Collection, 10 vols. (Washington, D.C.: Highland House Publishers, 1957–89), vol. 2, p. 555, no. 1299, ill.