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Tea table

Object number



Maker Unknown


25 1/2 31 1/4 20 5/8 in. (64.77 79.375 52.388 cm)



Current location

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston


Made in Rhode Island
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"x," incised, underside of top at one short end; illegible chalk, on underside of top


By descent in the Barats family, New London, Connecticut, before 1957; Ginsburg and Levy, Inc., New York, 1957; sold to Ima Hogg (1882–1975), Houston, 1957; given to The Bayou Bend Collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1957

Associated names

Barats family
Ginsburg and Levy, Inc.
Ima Hogg


A beaded, quarter-round molding is applied with wood-filled fasteners to the perimeter of the single-board, oblong, rectangular top, the edge of which is visible beneath the molding. The underside of the top is cut out at its perimeter and at each corner, where there are shadows of glue blocks at the inside faces of the rectangular blocks atop each leg. The top is secured to its frame by fasteners under its applied molding. The rails are tenoned to the legs without wood pins. A quarter round molding is fixed with wood-filled fasteners to the bottom of each rail?s outside face. At each leg are two ogee-shaped brackets flush with the quarter round, glued to it, and to the bottom of each rail and to each leg. The square-sectioned cabriole legs have angular knees and calves, rounded ankles, and slightly ridged slipper feet with rounded heels. Examined by P. E. Kane and J. N. Johnson, August 11, 2014; notes compiled by T. B. Lloyd.


Michael Moses, Master Craftsmen of Newport: The Townsends and Goddards (Tenafly, N.J.: MMI Americana Press, 1984), 45, fig. 1.30.
David B. Warren et al., American Decorative Arts and Paintings in the Bayou Bend Collection, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (Houston: Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1998), 37, no. F64, ill.
David B. Warren, Bayou Bend: American Furniture, Paintings, and Silver from the Bayou Bend Collection (Houston: Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1975), 32, fig. 60.
Sotheby's, New York, Important Americana: The Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Adolph Henry Meyer, sale cat. (January 20, 1996), lot 115, ill.