Naylor Antiques

Early American Furnishings

Baltimore Federal Levin Tarr Card Table, c.1805


a Federal inlaid mahogany card table; attributed to Baltimore’s Levin Tarr School; characteristics such as the half round form, cross banded oval inlays with tapered ends, medial stretcher, single central alignment tenon and mortise at the leaf joint, multiple chamfered glue blocks as well as screws attaching the top, double rear swing legs, overlapping hinge rails at the apron, elongated applied spade feet, and fan inlay with inset top stringing, are all indicative of the Tarr attributed body of work; the English inspired vertical banding of the legs is a sophisticated alternative to the “barber pole” string and bellflower inlay often seen on Tarr tables; the quarter round and concave “thumb” molded edges of the stationary and top leaves are variations seen on another Tarr attributed table of identical form pictured in American Antiques From Israel Sack Collection, Vol. VIII, p.2165 (see below); oak and yellow pine secondary woods; solid one board mahogany leaves; there is a repair to the proper front left leg joint behind the apron; the scissor hinges are appropriate replacements for earlier Twentieth Century book hinges; some patching to veneers; see American Furniture from the Kaufman Collection (Flanigan, 1986) cat. nos. 60 and 61; dimensions: 29 1/2″ tall x 35 1/2″ wide x 17 5/8″ deep; Franklin Rappold provenance (please scroll down for detail images)



inset edge stringing and central fan inlay


tapered, crossbanded oval and concave “thumb-molded” top edge


double swing-legs, multiple chamfered glue blocks, screws, and medial stretcher


overlapping hinge rails


(American Antiques From Israel Sack Collection)


George III example of similar design (Mealy’s Auctions, Ireland)