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Tilt-top table


Object number

RIF409

Maker

Maker, formerly attributed to John Goddard, American, 1723–1785
Maker Unknown

Dimensions

Height: 27 1/2 in. (69.85 cm) Diameter: 31 5/16 in. (79.587 cm)

Date

1750–80

Current location

Unknown

Geography

Made in Newport, Rhode Island
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Medium

Mahogany

Marks

None

Inscriptions

None

Provenance

Elizabeth Rapp Tukey (1920–1998), Princeton, New Jersey; consigned by her estate to Freeman's, Philadelphia, April 13–15, 2005, lot 1207; sold to Sara Ann Pfaffenroth (1941–2009) and Peter A. Pfaffenroth (1941–2020), Morristown, New Jersey; consigned to Sotheby's, New York, January 19, 2022, lot 1149

Associated names

Samuel T. Freeman and Co.
Elizabeth Tukey
Peter A. Pfaffenroth
Sara Ann Pfaffenroth
Sotheby's

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 and surface-mounted screws are two cleats with square edges, flat, rounded ends, and ogee, then quarter-round transitions from shallower to deeper portions. A rectangular block atop a ring-turned, tapering pedestal is doweled into the cleats, allowing the top to tilt and the table to sit against a wall when not in use. A brass latch secures the top to the block. The square, wedged top of the pedestal is visible in the top of the block. Three rounded-top cabriole legs, ending in stylized ball and claw feet, are joined to the cylindrical base of the pedestal. Examined by P. E. Kane, November 18, 2010; notes compiled by T. B. Lloyd.

Bibliography

Samuel T. Freeman and Co., Philadelphia, The Elizabeth Tukey Collection of Antiques and Collectables, sale cat. (April 13–15, 2005), 135, lot 1207, ill.
Sotheby's, New York, The Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Peter A. Pfaffenroth: American Furniture, Silver and Decorative Arts, sale cat. (January 19, 2022), lot 1149, ill.