Card table (one of a pair)

1806–09
Design and carving attributed to Samuel McIntire (American, 1757–1811)


Object Place: Salem, Massachusetts, United States

Catalogue Raisonné

Eighteenth-Century American Arts No. 64 (one of a pair)

Dimensions

Overall: 76.2 x 124.5 x 61.9 cm (30 x 49 x 24 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

23.16

Medium or Technique

Mahogany, mahogany veneer, white pine

On View

Richard and Mary B. Saltonstall Gallery (Gallery 121B)

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Tables, stands, screens

This remarkable card table and its mate, displayed nearby, are masterpieces of Neoclassical design. Made for Elias Hasket Derby, the tables may have stood in the magnificent mansion that Samuel McIntire designed for Derby on the corner of Essex and Front streets, in Salem. The crisply carved cornucopias, flower garlands, and grape clusters relate to carved decoration by McIntire on other Derby-family furniture. This table is set with counters and reproduction playing cards for the popular game of loo.

Provenance

From Oak Hill, Peabody; descended in the family to Louise Lander; acquired by Miss Martha C. Codman; lent by her on May 25, 1921; included in the M. and M. Karolik Collection of Eighteenth-Century American Arts (Accession Date January 4, 1923)

Credit Line

The M. and M. Karolik Collection of Eighteenth-Century American Arts