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Card table


Object number

RIF394

Maker

Maker Unknown
Maker, possibly by Caleb Coggeshall, 1710?by 1737
(hinges) Richard Ford, British, active 1760?80
(hinges) Robert Froggett, American, active 1740?1760

Dimensions

Closed: 27 1/4 35 1/2 17 3/8 in. (69.22 90.17 44.13 cm) Width, skirt: 34 3/8 in. (87.313 cm) Width, feet: 35 in. (88.9 cm) Depth, top, open: 34 1/2 in. (87.63 cm)

Date

1740–60

Current location

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Geography

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

Medium

Mahogany (primary); maple (inner and outer rear rails and block for hinges); white pine (bottom board)

Marks

“RF,” stamped on one hinge

Inscriptions

None

Style

Queen Anne

Provenance

Caleb Coggeshall (1709–before 1740), Newport, Rhode Island, or Job Coggeshall (born 1733), Newport, Rhode Island, and Nantucket, Massachusetts; by descent to Caleb Coggeshall (1758–1847), of North Carolina, Newport, Rhode Island, and New York; by descent to George Dilwin Coggeshall (1808–1891), New York; by descent to Ellwood Walter Coggeshall (born 1846), Mount Pleasant, New York; by descent to his daughter Mary Bancroft Coggeshall (1880–1973); bequeathed to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1972

Associated names

Caleb Coggeshall
Job Coggeshall
Caleb Coggeshall
George Dilwin Coggeshall
Ellwood Walter Coggeshall
Mary B. Coggeshall

Construction

The half-round single-board lower leaf has a slightly rounded edge and is joined to its conformingly shaped upper leaf by two pairs of wrought-iron hinges, and to the stationary part of the exterior rear rail (and to a horizontal block nailed with brads to the outside of that rail) with two more pairs of hinges, each leaf thrice-screwed. The lower leaf can be fastened to the front end of the frame?s proper right rail by means of a brass clasp under its front edge which fits into a brass catch fixed with screws to the top of the rail. When the lower leaf is raised, a triangular storage well is revealed. Its straight-skirted front rails are tenoned and double-wood-pinned to the block atop the front leg. The top inside edges of the block are chamfered. In the top edge of the proper right front rail near the top of the front leg is a single screwpocket, possibly indicating an old repair. The back end of each front rail meets the end of the rear interior rail in a dovetail joint having two pins of slightly different configuration, with half-pins above and below, each joint rabbeted to accommodate the top of the swinging back legs. The interior rear rail is fixed to the central, stationary portion of the thicker exterior rail by four screws through the inside of the triangular well. Each swinging portion of the exterior rear rail moves by means of a circular, carved wood, five-knuckled hinge and is tenoned and double-wood-pinned to the rabbeted block atop a rear leg. The horizontal block at the outside of the exterior rear rail serves as a stop for the swinging rails. The well?s single-board bottom is nailed with brads into rabbets in the bottom edges of the rails. The legs have angular, square-sectioned knees, rounded ankles and shod pad feet with incised heels, and knee brackets attached with glue and a nail. The rear legs do not have rear brackets. Examined by P. E. Kane and J. N. Johnson, December 11, 2014; notes compiled by T. B. Lloyd.

Bibliography

Morrison H. Heckscher, American Furniture in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Late Colonial Period, The Queen Anne and Chippendale Styles (New York: Random House, 1985), 165, no. 98, ill.