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Card table

about 1790-1810

Object Place: Probably Newburyport, Massachusetts, United States


Overall: 73.3 x 90 x 43.8 cm (28 7/8 x 35 7/16 x 17 1/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Mahogany,mahogany veneer, satinwood, pine

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Tables, stands, screens

Card table in the style of Hepplewhite. Mahogany and mahogany veneered. D-shaped when top is folded in half; four straight, tapering legs with stainwood (or birch)stringing; stainwood banding around three sides of legs about 3” up from floor; diamond formed by stringing on skirt of table just above each leg; satinwood and mahogany ganding around bottom of table skirt; inlaid and beading; framed panel in front center of table skirt enclosing a fringed conch with bug shell inlaid in satinwood oval. This shell inlay is repeated on several other MA pieces in the MFA collection. Small banding around rim of table top; when top opens, left back leg swings out to receive it.


On the back section of the table frame is a wooden plate with the following inscription: "Capt. Wm. Caldwell 1800 / Sarah H. Whittier 1888"


By tradition, owned originally by Capt William Caldwell (d. Jan. 17, 1819), born in Newburyport, who married Abigail Woodman on Sept. 18, 1768. William Caldwell operated a tavern in Timothy Dexter House for a time. By descent to their daughter, Martha A. Caldwell, who was born on Jan 23, 1786 and married Albert G. Whittier.By descent to Martha's daughter, Sarah Haseltine Whittier, who was born on Dec. 12, 1842, and died on May 13, 1912. Later acquired by the collectors Mr. and Mrs. Charles Bybee; 1971, given by them to the MFA (Accession Date November 10, 1971)

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Charles L. Bybee