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Slab table


Object number

RIF348

Maker

Maker John Goddard, 1723/24–1785

Dimensions

67.945 x 115.57 x 55.563 cm (26 3/4 x 45 1/2 x 21 7/8 in.)

Date

1755

Current location

Private collection

Geography

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

Medium

Mahogany (primary); chestnut (blocks); maple (back rail); marble top

Inscriptions

None

Style

Queen Anne

Provenance

Captain Anthony Low (1724–1802), Warwick, Rhode Island, 1755; by descent to his wife, Sarah Stafford Low (1737–1832), Warwick, Rhode Island; by descent to her son Samuel Low (1771–1863), Warwick, Rhode Island; by descent to his daughter Mrs. William Utter Arnold (née Phoebe Ann Low, 1801–1876), New York and Warwick and Providence, Rhode Island; by descent to her son William James Arnold (1843–1922), New York, and Providence and Warwick, Rhode Island; by descent to his daughter Hettie Frances Arnold (1869–unknown), Warwick, Rhode Island, before 1936; sold to Harry Arons, Ansonia, Connecticut, 1936; sold to a private collection, about 1936; sold to Harry Arons, Ansonia, Connecticut, 1963; sold to Joseph K. Ott (1929–1994) and Anne Northrup Ott (1929–2015), Providence, Rhode Island,1963; consigned to Christie's, New York, January 20, 2012, lot 139; sold to a private collection

Associated names

Capt. Anthony Low
Phoebe Greene Low
Sarah Stafford Low
Samuel Low
Phoebe Ann Low
William James Arnold
Hettie Frances Arnold
Harry Arons
Joseph K. Ott
Christie's
Anne Northrop Ott

Construction

The oblong marble top has a double-serpentine front, with outset serpentine corners. The sides are serpentine; the back edge is straight. At the outside edges, the top steps down slightly and has a quarter round profile. The conformingly fronted rails below have straight inside faces and are tenoned, with two wood pins at each joint, to the tops of each of the four cabriole legs, which have rounded knees and ankles, angular inside corners, and shod pad feet. Each interior corner of the frame is occupied by two vertical glue blocks; two pairs are triangular, two are rectangular. Each front leg has two and each back leg one carved knee bracket (one replaced), glued and nailed with brads to the adjoining rails and legs. On the underside of the knee brackets and rails are prominent rasp marks. On the interior face of the front rail are rough planning marks and rough, asymmetrical chamfering in the center. Examined by P.E. Kane, December 16, 2011; notes compiled by T.B. Lloyd.

Notes

Bill of sale associated with the slab table reads: "Recd: Newport, Sept. ye 15th 1755/ of Captain Antony Low Thirty Pounds in payt for a Mahogany Table Frame. [signed] John Goddard."

Bibliography

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"The Editor's Attic: Documented Goddard," Antiques 24, no. 1 (July 1933): 3, fig. 1.
Wallace Nutting, "A Sidelight on John Goddard," Antiques 30, no. 3 (September 1936): 120, fig. 2 (bill of sale only).
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"Harry Arons advertisement," Antiques 83, no. 2 (February 1963): 144, ill.
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Christie's, New York, The Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph K. Ott, sale cat. (January 20, 2012), 24–31, lot 139, ill.
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), 224–227, no. 34, fig. 1.