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Card Table

A work made of mahogany with tulip poplar, white oak, and white pine.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of mahogany with tulip poplar, white oak, and white pine.




Artist unknown
American, 18th century
New York

About this artwork

When not in use, this card table was meant to be placed against a wall. When needed, a third “swing” leg at the back of the table was placed at a perpendicular angle to support the open top. Opened, the table reveals four inset squared corners where candlesticks were placed. The recessed ovals held playing pieces known as fish because of their shape. The pieces were usually made of mother-of-pearl or ivory, and were kept in a small, secret drawer in the rear of the table.

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Arts of the Americas, Gallery 167


Artist unknown


Card Table


New York


c. 1755–1790


Mahogany with tulip poplar, white oak, and white pine


69.9 × 88.3 (open) × 87.6 cm (27 1/2 × 34 3/4 × 34 1/2 in.)

Credit Line

Restricted gifts of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Brown and Mrs. Potter Palmer IV; the Robert Allerton and Bessie Bennett funds; Estate of Annie Dunlop in memory of Annie Wisner

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