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Tea table

Object number



Maker Unknown


26 1/4 30 3/4 21 in. (66.675 78.105 53.34 cm)



Current location

Shelburne Museum, Vermont


Made in Rhode Island
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Mahogany (primary); white pine (rails); yellow poplar (blocks)




"Mrs. S B Wheaton [or Wharton]," in graphite, on underside of top in nineteenth-century script


Mrs. S. B. Wheaton [or Wharton]. John Kenneth Byard (1885–1959), Norwalk, Connecticut; sold to Electra Havemeyer Webb (1888–1960), Shelburne, Vermont; given to Shelburne Museum, Vermont, by 1954

Associated names

John Kenneth Byard
Mrs. S. B. Wheaton [or Wharton]
Electra Havemeyer Webb


The oblong, octagonal, single-board top has a beaded-cove lip, applied with brads. It is secured by triangular glue blocks and by countersunk screws to the octagonal frame below, which has a convex, beaded veneer, applied with brads. The six short rails of the frame are rectangular in profile at their underside; the two long rails are deeply chamfered. Inside the mitred joints of the frame are wood wedges reinforced with nails. The legs, which lack knee brackets, have faceted cabriole knees, square-sectioned in back, above turned, tapering legs ending in six-toed shod feet with paneled ankles. Examined by P. E. Kane, May 23, 2008; notes compiled by T.B. Lloyd


Ralph E. Carpenter, Jr., The Arts and Crafts of Newport, Rhode Island, 1640–1820 (Newport, R.I.: Preservation Society of Newport County, 1954), 103, no. 75, ill.
Alice Winchester, "The Shelburne Museum," Antiques 66, no. 2 (August 1954): 121, ill.
"Calendar," Antiques 158, no. 2 (August 2000): 166.