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From: Michael Moses Master Craftmen of New Port (Tenafly, N.J.: Americana Press, 1984),231
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Marble slab table

Object number



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


25 1/2 45 22 1/8 in. (64.77 114.3 56.198 cm)



Current location

The Rhode Island Historical Society


Made in Newport, Rhode Island
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Mahogany (primary); marble (top)






John Brown (1736–1803), Providence, Rhode Island; by descent in the Brown-Herreshoff-Sperry family; by descent to John L. Sperry, before 1973; bequeathed to Rhode Island Historical Society, Providence, 1973

Associated names

John Brown
John L. Sperry


The top is molded on its front and side edges. Its underside has a rough finish. The front and side rails are tenoned, without wood pins, to the blocks above the front legs. The blocks and the legs are integral. Together the blocks atop the legs and the ends of the rails form inset corners. Projecting quarter-round moldings are applied with brads to the rails? undersides. The front knee brackets are glued into place and are somewhat incurvate, following the line of the rail ends above. The front legs have rounded, stylized- leaf-carved knees and prominent tendons above deeply carved claws and talons holding ball feet. The rear legs, whose knees project beyond the back rail, end in shod pad feet. Some of the vertical glue blocks within the corners of the frame have been replaced. There is a rectangular wood patch at the top of the proper left rail?s inside face. Examined by P.E. Kane and J.N. Johnson, June 25, 2014; notes compiled by T.B. Lloyd.


Michael Moses, Master Craftsmen of Newport: The Townsends and Goddards (Tenafly, N.J.: MMI Americana Press, 1984), 231–232, fig. 5.21, 5.21a–b.