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Tea table


Object number

RIF1425

Maker

Maker probably by John Goddard, American, 1723–1785

Dimensions

Height: 26 3/8 in. (66.993 cm) Width, top: 32 5/8 in. (82.868 cm) Width, frame: 32 1/8 in. (81.598 cm) Width, feet: 33 11/16 in. (85.566 cm) Depth, top: 19 1/4 in. (48.895 cm) Depth, frame: 19 1/16 in. (48.419 cm) Depth, feet: 20 1/2 in. (52.07 cm)

Date

1760–1780

Current location

Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library

Geography

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

Medium

Mahogany (primary); white pine group (replaced glue blocks)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

Unknown

Style

Chippendale

Provenance

Charles Field (active 1736), Providence, Rhode Island; by descent in his family to Charles Field Swain, Pomfret Center, Connecticut, before 1930; consigned to Ella M. Bolt (active 1930), Pomfret; sold to Henry Francis du Pont (1880–1969), Winterthur, Delaware, 1930; given to Winterthur Museum, 1958

Associated names

Charles Field
Charles Field Swain
Ella M. Bolt
Henry Francis du Pont

Construction

The single-board oblong top has double-serpentine short edges, straight and serpentine long edges, outset square corners, and a conformingly shaped beaded, ogee molded edge. The perimeter of the top?s underside is routed to receive the conformingly shaped frame. The top is secured to the frame by horizontal chamfered glue blocks, four at the long rails, and three (some missing) at the short rails, as well as by two later transverse battens nailed to the skirt with brads. The faces of the blocks atop the legs are veneered, their grain aligning with that of the neighboring rails, which are tenoned, with two wood pins per joint, to the legs. The cabriole legs have angular knees with stylized acanthus carving and carved, glued knee brackets. One bracket is reinforced with a rosehead nail. The finely carved ankles, claws and undercut talons grasp elongated ball feet. Examined by P. E. Kane and J. N. Johnson, April 21, 2014; notes compiled by T. B. Lloyd.

See also


Bibliography

Joseph Downs, American Furniture: Queen Anne and Chippendale Periods in the Henry Francis DuPont Winterthur Museum (New York: MacMillan Company, 1952), no. 372.
Liza Moses and Michael Moses, "Authenticating John Townsend's and John Goddard's Queen Anne and Chippendale Tables," Antiques 121, no. 5 (May 1982): 1139, fig. 25.
Michael Moses, Master Craftsmen of Newport: The Townsends and Goddards (Tenafly, N.J.: MMI Americana Press, 1984), 222, figs. 5.10, 5.10a, b, ill.
Nancy E. Richards and Nancy Goyne Evans, New England Furniture at Winterthur: Queen Anne and Chippendale Periods (Winterthur, Del.: Winterthur Publications, 1997), 238–240, no. 123, right, ill.
Morrison H. Heckscher, John Townsend: Newport Cabinetmaker, exh. cat. (New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 2005), 45–46, fig. 36.
Amy Coes, "A Bill of Sale from John Goddard to John Brown and the Furniture It Documents," Antiques 169, no. 5 (May 2006): p.130, p.133n20.
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), 330n5.