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Card Table

1971.487AB (RS32588)

Description

Card table. Four legs (one swing leg), tapered cylindrical feet, legs reeded within turnings, vasiform and ring turnings below engaged birch veneered colonettes, veneered elliptical frown apron and half elliptic sides, black and white stringing outlines a rectangular panel on each side, conforming mahogany double top with inlaid band on square edge.

Details

Label
"Cherished Possessions": This card table is one of a pair James Rundlet purchased to furnish his parlor. Tables like these were often purchased in pairs. When they were placed against opposite walls, they served a decorative function, creating the all-important symmetry that the neoclassical style dictated. Card tables filled multiple roles, but their primary function was for card playing, a popular activity that cut across gender, region, and class. Tables like this one were most often used for games requiring four players, like whist and quadrille.
Maker
unknown
Date
1808-1815
Associated Building
Original to Rundlet-May House (Portsmouth, N.H.).
Material
birch (wood)
eastern white pine (wood)
inlay (process)
mahogany (wood)
veneer
Object type
Furniture; Support Furniture
Places
New Hampshire (United States)
Portsmouth (Rockingham county, New Hampshire)
Descriptive terms
birch (wood)
card tables
eastern white pine (wood)
inlay (process)
mahogany (wood)
Table
Table, Card
tables (support furniture)
veneer
Dimensions
31 1/3 x 39 7/8 x 19 11/16 (HxWxD) (inches)
Accession Number
1971.487AB
Credit Line
Gift of Ralph May
GUSN
5083

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