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Card table

Object number



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


Open: 28 1/8 33 7/8 33 7/8 in. (71.44 86.04 86.04 cm)



Current location

Minneapolis Institute of Arts


Made in Newport, Rhode Island
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Mahogany (primary); maple (hinged and stationary rails)






Dr. Karl C. Smith, Stamford, Connecticut, 1937; Ginsburg and Levy, New York, 1938; sold to the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minnesota, 1938

Associated names

Dr. Karl C. Smith
Ginsburg and Levy, Inc.


The single-board rounded-edge oblong top has square, outset corners and an alternately straight and serpentine outline. It is attached to its conforming leaf by hinges set into its rear outside corners, and by two leaf-edge tenon joints, and to its conforming frame by four screw pockets, two in the front skirt, and two in the stationary rear rail. There are multiple glue block shadows on the underside of the top, the inside of the rails, and the interior corners of the frame, and prominent planing marks on the underside of the top. The front and side rails meet the front legs in mortise and tenon joints, exhibiting no wood pins. At the middle of the rear, stationary rail are six rosehead nails joining it to the fixed portion of the rear, hinged rail. The ends of the stationary rails meet the side rails with rabbeted dovetail joints, having finely cut thick-necked pins with half-pins above and below. The rear legs swing by the means of five-knuckled, circular wood hinges and are attached to their rails by mortise and tenon joints, having two wood pins each. While all four cabriole legs have angular knees, the rear legs have rounded ankles and end in shod pad feet, and the front legs have angular ankles with vigorously carved tendons, claws, and talons grasping elongated ball feet. Examined by P.E. Kane, July 28, 2005; notes compiled by T.B. Lloyd

See also


"Masterpieces of Early American Furniture in Private Collections," Antiques 31, no. 6 (June 1937): 288, 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), 333n2.