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Dining table

Object number



Maker Unknown


Closed: 28 15 48 in. (71.12 38.1 121.92 cm) Width, open: 48 in. (121.92 cm)



Current location



Made in Rhode Island
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Mahogany (primary); soft maple (cross braces and stationary rails); beech (hinged rails); chestnut (glue blocks); hickory (hinge pins)




"2," in graphite near one hinge; possibly "2," in graphite on other side of hinge; "1," in graphite, on opposite hinge" "2," in graphite on leaf next to that


Israel Sack, Inc., New York, 1971; sold to Ann Holzer (1917–1999) and Philip Holzer (1919–2011), Great Neck, New York, 1973; consigned to Sotheby's, New York, January 20–21, 2012, lot 228

Associated names

Israel Sack, Inc.
Ann Holzer
Philip Holzer


The single-board center portion of the top is rectangular, with plain edges, as are the leaves. The joint between them is quarter round. There are six sets of rectangular iron hinges attached to the top with screws, set above each leg and at the midpoint of the long rails. The top is attached to the skirt by means of four screw pockets, each set in slightly from the legs, by glue blocks at the short sections of skirt, and by a transverse brace and four accompanying glue blocks at the midpoint of the frame. The stationary rails are joined to the swing rails by rosehead nails and to each other by a medial dovetailed brace. The stationary and hinged ends of the hinged rails are attached to the legs with a mortise and tenon joint, including two wood pins. The top of the leg at the hinged end of the hinged rail is rabbeted. The joint between the mahogany skirt and the stationary rails consists of two dovetails with half-pins above and below. The hinged rails each have a five-toothed round hinge. The legs are turned and tapered, ending in raised pad feet. Examined by P. E. Kane and W. S. Braznell, January 20, 2012; notes compiled by T. B. Lloyd.

See also


Michael Moses, Master Craftsmen of Newport: The Townsends and Goddards (Tenafly, N.J.: MMI Americana Press, 1984), 46, fig. 1.32–1.32a.
Philip Holzer, Philip and Ann Holzer Collection (n.p.: privately printed, 1990), 38–39, no. 14, ill.
John T. Kirk, American Furniture and the British Tradition to 1830 (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1982), 323, fig. 1259.
American Antiques from Israel Sack Collection, 10 vols. (Washington, D.C.: Highland House Publishers, 1957–89), vol. 3, p. 778, no. P3334, ill.
Sotheby's, New York, Important Americana: Furniture, Folk Art, Silver, Porcelain, Prints, and Carpets, sale cat. (January 20–21, 2012), 162, lot 228.