A Diminutive Chippendale Card Table, Probably Essex County, Massachusetts, circa 1760-1785


Mahogany, white pine, original brass hinges, old repair to crack in front leg, polished surface, height 28 inches, width of top 28 ½ inches, depth of top 13 inches, width of base 20 ½ inches, depth of base 11 ½ inches.

Of a choice diminutive size, this Chippendale card table features a boldly overhanging rectangular top, cyma scalloped aprons, cabriole legs with pointed knees, and finely carved claw-and-ball feet. This treatment of the knees is characteristic of cabriole-legged furniture attributed to Essex County, Massachusetts. A drop-leaf table with related pointed knees is illustrated in Dean A. Fales, Jr., Essex County Furniture, Documented Treasures from Local Collections, 1660-1880 (Salem, Massachusetts, 1965), no. 76.


Probably with Jess, Pavey, Birmingham, MI;

Private collection;

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