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Card Table

A work made of mahogany with tulip poplar, white oak, and white pine.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of mahogany with tulip poplar, white oak, and white pine.




Artist unknown (American, 18th century)
New York

About this artwork

When not in use, this card table was meant to be placed against a wall. When needed, a third “swing” leg at the back of the table was placed at a perpendicular angle to support the open top. Opened, the table reveals four inset squared corners where candlesticks were placed. The recessed ovals held playing pieces known as fish because of their shape. The pieces were usually made of mother-of-pearl or ivory, and were kept in a small, secret drawer in the rear of the table.


On View, Gallery 167


Arts of the Americas


Artist unknown


Card Table


New York (Object made in)

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c. 1755–1790


Mahogany with tulip poplar, white oak, and white pine


69.9 × 88.3 (open) × 87.6 cm (27 1/2 × 34 3/4 × 34 1/2 in.)

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Purchased with funds provided by Mr. and Mrs. Robert Brown and Mrs. Potter Palmer IV; Robert Allerton and Bessie Bennett funds; Estate of Annie Dunlop in memory of Annie Wisner

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