Card table (one of a pair)

1790–1800


Object Place: Probably Baltimore, Massachusetts, United States

Catalogue Raisonné

Eighteenth-Century American Arts No. 63 (one of a pair)

Dimensions

Overall: 75.2 x 89.5 x 44.1 cm (29 5/8 x 35 1/4 x 17 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

39.61

Medium or Technique

Mahogany, veneered with crotch-grain on pine, inlaid panel of curly maple and rosewood, walnut

Not On View

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Tables, stands, screens

Card playing was one of the few social activities in which men and women participated as equals-something reinforced by the seating around the table, at which each player had his or her own side. Popular games such as whist or loo required skill and cunning and left plenty of room for flirting and innuendo. This Baltimore card table is decorated with an inlaid urn, a direct reference to vessels from ancient Greece and Rome.

Inscription

Calculations in chalk on underside of top.

Provenance

1936, offered for sale by Israel Sack; purchased through Israel Sack for "The M. and M. Karolik Collection of Eighteenth-Century American Arts" (Accession Date January 12, 1939)

Credit Line

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