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Bureau table

Object number



Maker Unknown
Maker possibly by Daniel Goddard, born 1747
Maker formerly attributed John Goddard, American, 1723–1785


33 1/4 x 40 x 20 5/8 in. (84.46 x 101.6 x 52.39 cm)



Current location

The Henry Ford


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


Sabicu (primary); mahogany (vertical blocks of feet, some horizontal blocks of feet, and backing of drawer dividers [?]); cedar (drawer linings and cupboard shelves); chestnut (top of cabinet, some drawer supports, drawer guides, and platforms on underside of case along sides and around blocking); pine (backing of columns, case bottom, case back, sub-top, some drawer supports, original tip bar for upper drawer, cupboard sides, platform on underside of case behind center molding, platform on underside of case along outside rear edges, and original bracket of proper-right rear foot); yellow poplar (some drawer supports and some horizontal blocks of feet)




“3,” in graphite, on exterior bottom of proper-left middle drawer; “I” through “VI,” incised on tops of drawer dividers (from proper-right top to proper-left bottom)




J. K. Beard, Richmond, Virginia, before 1922; sold to John C. Toland, Baltimore, by 1922. T. C. Schneider and Co., Baltimore. Grace and F. L. Jennings, Baltimore; sold to The Henry Ford, Dearborn, Michigan, 1971

Associated names

J. K. Beard
John C. Toland
T. C. Schneider and Co.


This bureau table is closely related to RIF678 and RIF794.

See also


"Little-Known Masterpieces, IX. A Knee-Hole Dresser Attributed to John Goddard," Antiques 2, no. 3 (September 1922): 111, fig. IX.
Herbert Cescinsky, "The "Block-Front" in England," Antiques 4, no.4 (October 1923): 180, fig. 8.
"The Editor's Attic," Antiques 23, no. 6 (June 1933): 205, fig. 7.
Edgar G. Miller, American Antique Furniture: A Book for Amateurs, 2 vols. (Baltimore: Lord Baltimore Press, 1937), vol. 1, 494–495, no. 904.
Mabel M. Swan, "Coastwise Cargoes of Venture Furniture," Antiques 55, no. 4 (April 1949): 278, fig. 1.
Wallace Nutting, Furniture Treasury (New York: MacMillan Company, 1963), no. 627, ill.
Michael Moses, Master Craftsmen of Newport: The Townsends and Goddards (Tenafly, N.J.: MMI Americana Press, 1984), 298, fig. 7.22.
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), 294nn3–4.