American Decorative Arts
Maker: Thomas Needham III, American, 1780–1858

Card table


Mahogany, mahogany and maple veneers; eastern white pine

29 3/8 x 36 x 17 11/16 in. (74.6 x 91.4 x 45 cm)
Gift of Benjamin A. Hewitt, B.A. 1943, Ph.D. 1952
19th century
Made in Salem, Massachusetts
By appointment

The donor purchased this table from the dealers The Sergeants of Shrewsbury, New Jersey, on October 4, 1980. Gift in 1980 to Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.


“Friends of American Arts at Yale: The Newsletter,” Friends of American Arts at Yale: The Newsletter (March 1981): n.p., ill.

“Acquisitions 1980,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin 38, no. 2 (Winter 1982): 67, ill.

Benjamin Attmore Hewitt, “Regional Characteristics of Inlay on American Federal Card Tables,” Antiques 121, no. 5 (May 1982): 1171, fig. 11.

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), 132–3, no. 16, 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), 188–89, no. 90, ill.

Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.