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Tea table

Object number



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


26 7/8 × 33 3/4 × 20 1/2 in. (68.263 × 85.725 × 52.07 cm)



Current location

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston


Made in Newport, Rhode Island
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Possibly owned by Captain Benjamin Ives (1720–1767) and his wife, Elizabeth Hale Ives (1725–1767), Beverly, Massachusetts; by descent to their son, Robert Hale Ives (1744–1773), Beverly, Massachusetts; or more likely owned by his son, Thomas Poynton Ives (1769–1835), Beverly, Massachusetts, and Providence, Rhode Island, and his wife Hope Brown (1773–1855), Providence, Rhode Island; bequeathed to his sister, Mrs. Thomas Bancroft (née Elizabeth Ives, 1767–1801); or possibly by descent to her son, Thomas Poynton Bancroft (1799–1852), Providence, Rhode Island, and Beverly, Massachusetts; by descent to his son, Robert Hale Bancroft (1843–1918), Beverly, Massachusetts; by descent to his daughter, Mrs. Alexander Winsor (née Elizabeth Hope), Weston, Massachusetts; sold to Miss Ima Hogg (1882–1975), Houston, Texas, 1957; given to Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1957

Associated names

Elizabeth Hope
Ima Hogg
Captain Benjamin Ives
Thomas Poynton Ives
Elizabeth Hale Ives
Robert Hale Ives
Robert Hale Bancroft
Elizabeth Ives
Thomas Poynton Bancroft
Hope Brown Ives

See also


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), 65–66, no. F112, ill.
Liza Moses and Michael Moses, "Authenticating John Townsend's and John Goddard's Queen Anne and Chippendale Tables," Antiques 121, no. 5 (May 1982): 1139, fig. 26.
Michael Moses, Master Craftsmen of Newport: The Townsends and Goddards (Tenafly, N.J.: MMI Americana Press, 1984), 223, fig. 5.11, 5.11a–b.
David B. Warren, "Ima Hogg, Collector," Antiques 121, no. 1 (January 1982): 236, fig. 14.
David B. Warren, "American Decorative Arts in Texas: The Bayou Bend Collection of the Museum of Fine Arts of Houston," Antiques 90, no. 6 (December 1966): 796–797, ill.
Helen Comstock, American Furniture: Seventeenth, Eighteenth, and Nineteenth Century Styles (New York: Viking Press, 1962), 204, fig. 394.
Sotheby's, New York, Property of the Goddard Family, sale cat. (January 22, 2005), 40, 42, fig. 11.
Amy Coes, "A Bill of Sale from John Goddard to John Brown and the Furniture It Documents," Antiques 169, no. 5 (May 2006): pp.130–131, 133n21.
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), 330n5.