American Decorative Arts
Maker: Joseph Rawson and Son, active 1808–26

Card table


Mahogany, mahogany and soft maple veneers; spruce (front rail), hemlock (side rails), eastern white pine (inner rear rail, glue blocks), hard maple (hinged rail), hickory (hinge pin)

28 7/8 × 36 13/16 × 17 11/16 in. (73.4 × 93.5 × 45 cm)
Gift of Benjamin A. Hewitt, B.A. 1943, Ph.D. 1952
19th century
Made in Providence, Rhode Island
By appointment

The donor purchased this table from Mrs. Ray Carmichael of Hamden, Conn., on April 9, 1976. Gift in 1977 to Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.


“Acquisitions 1977,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin 37, no. 1 (Fall 1978): 72.

Eleanore Bradford Monahon, “The Rawson Family of Cabinetmakers in Providence, Rhode Island,” Antiques 118, no. 1 (July 1980): 141, fig. 13.

Benjamin Attmore Hewitt, Patricia E. Kane, and Gerald W. R. Ward, The Work of Many Hands: Card Tables in Federal America, 1790–1820, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1982), 149–51, no. 31, ill.

David L. Barquist, Elisabeth Donaghy Garrett, and Gerald W. R. Ward, American Tables and Looking Glasses in the Mabel Brady Garvan and Other Collections at Yale University (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1992), 206–8, no. 106, ill.

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