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Card table


Object number

RIF710

Maker

Maker Stephen and Thomas Goddard, ca. 1785 - 1804

Dimensions

69.22 x 90.49 x 45 cm (27 1/4 x 35 5/8 x 17 11/16 in.)

Date

1790–1804

Current location

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Geography

Made in Newport, Rhode Island
(view a map of Rhode Island)

Medium

Mahogany, mahogany veneers, satinwood, and ivory (primary); oak (hinged rail); pine (stationary rail and laminates of front and side rails)

Marks

"Stephen & Tho' Goddard / Cabinet-Makers / Carries on said business in its / Various branches / ON THE POINT / Newport, R. I.," engraved on paper label glued to back of stationary rail

Inscriptions

“1 N,” in chalk, on underside of top; “Wh,” in graphite, on exterior of hinged rail; chisel incision, at interior center of stationary rail and at center of underside of top; loops, in graphite, on the interior of stationary rail and on the underside of top [to proper-right side of table]; “X,” in graphite, on the interior of stationary rail and on the underside of top [to proper-left side of table]

Style

Federal

Provenance

John Randolph (1773-1833), Roanoke Plantation, Charlotte County, Virginia. Mrs. Henry Clinton Ford (née Elizabeth Lydia Walker, 1869–1962), Lexington, Virginia, by 1929; sold through the Warfield Shops, St. Louis, to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1929

Associated names

John Randolph
Mrs. Henry Clinton Ford
Warfield Shops

Construction

The single-board, half-round, line-inlaid top has a line-inlaid edge and is joined to its conformingly shaped frame by five screw pockets – one each in the short outer stationary portions of the outside rear rail, and one each in the inside face of each portion of the front rail, which consists of four laminations. The top is joined to its similarly shaped and inlaid single-board upper leaf by two pairs of brass hinges set into the rear corners of each leaf edge. There are no leaf-edge joints. The front rails are held together in part by brads nailed into the underside of the bottom laminations. In the back of the upper part of the proper left front leg is a single screw; in the back of the proper right front leg is a single nail. In the proper left rear inside corner of the frame is a large (later) block held in with screws. The inside rear rail is fixed to the stationary portions of the outside rear rail – the proper right and left corners, and the proper left half – with rosehead nails. A portion of the proper right half of the outside rear rail swings by means of a square, five-knuckled, carved wood hinge. The frame and its skirt are line-inlaid; the ressaulted tops of the front legs are inlaid with incised-dot-decorated urns. The square tapering front legs are inlaid with pendant bellflowers and dots on their front faces. The two central front legs are line-inlaid on their three outside faces, the two rear legs on their front and outside faces, and the inset rear legs on their front faces only. Examined by P. E. Kane and J. N. Johnson, June 17, 2014; notes compiled by T. B. Lloyd.

See also


Bibliography

Mabel M. Swan, "John Goddard's Sons," Antiques 57, no. 6 (June 1950): 448, ill.
Hugh Honour, Cabinet Makers and Furniture Designers (London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1969), 153, ill.
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), 147, no. 28, ill.
Morrison H. Heckscher, John Townsend: Newport Cabinetmaker, exh. cat. (New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 2005), 194, fig. 68.
Patricia E. Kane et al., Art and Industry in Early America: Rhode Island Furniture, 1650–1830, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2016), 403–405, no. 92, fig. 1–2.