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Photo: Courtesy Ralph Carpenter Papers, Joseph Downs Manuscript Library, Winterthur Museum, Del.
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Tilt-top table


Object number

RIF319

Maker

Maker Unknown

Date

1740–80

Current location

Unknown

Geography

Possibly made in Rhode Island
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Marks

None

Inscriptions

None

Style

Queen Anne

Construction

The circular, single-board top has a raised, molded edge. The underside steps down slightly just inside the perimeter. Fixed to it with countersunk screws are two slightly tapering cleats with rounded ends and edges. A rectangular block atop a ring- and vase-turned pedestal is doweled into the cleats, allowing the top to tilt and the table to stand in a corner when not in use. A brass latch secures the top to the block. The square, wedged bottom of the pedestal is visible in the bottom of its triangular base, which has incurvate sides, a beaded edge at its top surface, and scalloped skirts. Each of the three round-topped cabriole legs meets the base in a dovetail joint, one of which is reinforced with a later metal plate and six screws. The legs end in shod snake feet. Notes compiled by T. B. Lloyd from photographs supplied by the Ralph Carpenter archives