Card table

1730–50


Object Place: Boston, Massachusetts

Catalogue Raisonné

Randall 79

Dimensions

68.6 x 90.5 x 89.2 cm (27 x 35 5/8 x 35 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

49.330

Medium or Technique

Mahogany, chestnut, eastern white pine, original needlework top

On View

Carolyn A. and Peter S. Lynch Gallery (Gallery 132)

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Tables, stands, screens

Mahogany, wool needlework. Cabriole legs, Dutch feet shaped top with grooves for counters and needlework in center. Hinged frame.


This table is notable for its original, needlework top, undoubtedly worked by a young woman, as was customary. The embroidered scene is derived from contemporary print sources and depicts a shepherdess resting on her elbow amid an abundance of flora and fauna.

Inscription

In graphite beneath top: "C" within a circle and with parallel lines)
In paint on the back of the drawer: "JL" [?]

Provenance

In the collection of Mrs. Henry St. John Smith by 1928 and lent by her October 15, 1928; returned to her December 11, 1929; relent by Mrs. Constance Wharton Smith, August 31, 1934, from whom it was purchased in 1949 with an anonymous contribution and Income of William E. Nickerson Fund No.2 in April 1949 for $1,200.

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated anonymously and William E. Nickerson Fund