image of object
Photo: Courtesy Sotheby's, New York
Click the image to enlarge

Dining table

Object number



Maker, possibly by John Goddard, American, 1723–1785


27 48 16 in. (68.58 121.92 40.64 cm)



Current location



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


Mahogany (primary); maple (hinged and stationary rails, and cross braces)






Sotheby's, New York, January 20–21, 23, 2005, lot 1164

Associated names



The rectangular, square-edged, single-board top is attached to its single-board, square-edged falling leaves by two sets of iron hinges, secured by three screws per hinge leaf, set inward slightly from the ends of the frame. The joint between the top and leaves is quarter round. The underside of the top has toothing plane marks. Under the central portion of the top are two transverse braces which extend through rectangular voids in the hinged and stationary rails, and are attached to the top with screws (with leather washers) countersunk into chamfered half round reserves at each end. The hinged leg rails are cut out to fit over the transverse braces, and have round five-knuckled hinges. Rosehead nails further affix the braces to the top. A single full-depth medial brace joins the two stationary and hinged rails at their midsection, exhibiting two large, square wedged through-tenons in the hinged rails. Hinged and stationary rails are joined by rosehead nails. The hinged legs are joined to their rails by mortise and tenon joints, each exhibiting two wood pins, and rabbeted at the top to fit into the shaped support rails. The stationary rails join the skirt in a dovetail joint with finely cut pins, with half-pins above and below. The cabriole legs have angular knees, their brackets attached to both knee and skirt with brads. The ankles are rounded, the pad feet shod. Examined by P. E. Kane and M. Taradash, January 17, 2005; notes compiled by T. B. Lloyd.


Sotheby's, New York, Important Americana including Property of Descendants of John Nicholas Brown, sale cat. (January 20–21, 23, 2005), 266–67, lot 1164, ill.