Card Table

Collection Type

  • Furniture

Date

1808-1815

GUSN

GUSN-5083

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

Descriptive Terms

card tables
tables (support furniture)
birch (wood)
veneer
inlay (process)
mahogany (wood)
eastern white pine (wood)
Table
Table, Card
Table, Card

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.

Associated Building

Original to Rundlet-May House (Portsmouth, N.H.),

Maker

Unknown

Dimensions

31 1/3 x 39 7/8 x 19 11/16 (HxWxD) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of Ralph May

Accession Number

1971.487AB

Places

New Hampshire (United States)
Portsmouth (Rockingham county, New Hampshire)