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Tea table

Object number



Maker, formerly attributed to John Goddard, American, 1723–1785
Maker Unknown


26 × 31 1/2 × 20 in. (66.04 × 80.01 × 50.8 cm)



Current location

Private Collection


Made in Newport, Rhode Island
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"x," incised, on one end of top and on corresponding side of frame; "EWS," in red paint on underside of top and one rail


Probably originally owned by Thomas Robinson (1730–1817), Newport, Rhode Island; by descent to Mary Robinson (1757–1829); by descent to Mrs. Esther Warton Smith (née Morton, 1797–1865); by descent to her husband, Daniel B. Smith (1792–1888); by descent to Edward Wanton Smith, Sr. (1875–1940); by descent to Edward Wanton Smith, Jr. (1921–2001); by desent in the Smith family; consigned to Christie's, New York, January 20–21, 2005, lot 550

Associated names

Thomas Robinson
Mary Robinson
Esther Morton
Daniel B. Smith
Edward Wanton Smith, Jr.
Esther Fischer Wharton Smith
Edward Wanton Smith


The oblong, rectangular, one-piece top is attached to its frame by means concealed under a beaded ogee perimeter molding, itself joined to the top by fasteners in wood-filled holes. The outside edge of the top is visible below this molding. The rails below are tenoned, without wood pins, to the rectangular blocks atop the legs. Fixed to the bottom of the rails with brads are quarter round moldings, at the end of which are glued and/or nailed incurvate knee brackets. The underside of the top is chamfered at each corner to allow space for two vertical, chamfered glue blocks, some of which are replaced, some missing. The legs are square-sectioned, with angular knees, and rounded ankles and shins, ending in slipper feet. Examined P. E. Kane, January 18, 2005; notes compiled by T. B. Lloyd.


Christie's, New York, Important American Furniture, Folk Art, Silver, and Prints, sale cat. (January 20–21, 2005), 316–317, lot 550, 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), 213nn1, 4, 5.