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From: Leigh Keno and Leslie Keno with Joan Barzilary Freund, Hidden Treasures: Searching for Masterpieces of American Furniture (New York: Warner Books, Inc., 2000): 213
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Tea table


Object number

RIF150

Maker

Maker Unknown
Maker: formerly attributed to John Goddard, 1723/24–1785

Dimensions

Unknown

Date

1760–1780

Current location

Private collection

Geography

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

Medium

Mahogany

Marks

None

Inscriptions

"O," in chalk, on inner side of one short skirt rail and a corresponding "O," in chalk, on underside of top near juncture with rail. Source: Leigh Keno and Leslie Keno with Joan Barzilary Freund, Hidden Treasures: Searching for Masterpieces of American Furniture (New York: Warner Books, Inc., 2000): 195.

Style

Chippendale

Provenance

Possibly originally owned by Captain Buckminster Brintnall (circa 1731–1789) New Haven, Connecticut; by descent in the Brintnall family, Connecticut; consigned to Leigh Keno American Antiques, New York, 1988

Associated names

Captain Buckminster Brintnall
Brintnall family of Connecticut
Leigh Keno American Antiques

Construction

The oblong, single-board top has scalloped, molded edges and outset rectangular corners. It is secured to its conformingly shaped frame by multiple horizontal chamfered glue blocks, and by wood pins at each outset corner. The rails, serpentine in two dimensions, are carved from the solid and tenoned, without wood pins, to the rectangular blocks atop the legs. Behind each leg is a vertical, rectangular, chamfered glue block, which is not in contact with the top. The square-sectioned legs have angular knees, carved with stylized acanthus leaves, slender, deeply carved ankles and claws, ending in undercut talons, grasping elongated ball feet. Notes compiled by T. B. Lloyd from photographs supplied by Leigh and Leslie Keno.

See also


Bibliography

"Leigh Keno American Antiques advertisement," Antiques 153, no. 3 (March 1998): 346, ill.
Keno Auctions, Leslie B. Keno, and Joan Barzilay Freund, Hidden Treasures: Searching for Masterpieces of American Furniture (New York: Warner Books, Inc., 2000), 190–213.
Sotheby's, New York, Property of the Goddard Family, sale cat. (January 22, 2005), 40–41, fig. 8–9.
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, 133n19.