American, 1757 - 1811

Card Table

Date: 1805 - 1810

The curving shape of the tabletop; the delicate, turned column legs; and the range and restraint of the carved decoration on this card table are characteristic of cabinetmaking in Salem, Massachusetts, in the late 1700s and early 1800s. Four shallow flutes decorate the edge of the table’s movable leaf. A four-petal flower is set within shallow reserves on the edge of the top. When the table is closed in the stored position, these corresponding decorations form a zigzag pattern.

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Medium: Mahogany and white pine

Dimensions: H: 30 x W: 36 5/8 x D: 17 7/8 in. (closed); H: 30 x W: 36 5/8 x D: 35 5/8 in. (open)

Place: Salem, Massachusetts

Accession: 1095

Collection: Julian Wood Glass Jr. Collection

Category: Furniture - American

Tags: Cards , Salem , Basket , Fruit , Flower

Purchased September 15, 1987 from Israel Sack. Advertised in "Magazine Antiques" September 1984, inside front cover. On loan to Peabody Essex Museum August 2007 to February 2008 for an exhibit entitled "Carving an American Style"; returned March 4, 2008.