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.

Date:

1755/90

Artist:

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

American Art, Gallery 167

Artist

Artist unknown

Title

Card Table

Origin

New York

Date

1755–1790

Medium

Mahogany with tulip poplar, white oak, and white pine

Dimensions

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

Credit Line

Restricted gifts of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Brown and Mrs. Potter Palmer IV; the Robert Allerton and Bessie Bennett funds; Estate of Annie Dunlop in memory of Annie Wisner

Reference Number

1973.564

Extended information about this artwork

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