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From: David H. Conradsen, Useful Beauty: Early American Decorative Arts from St. Louis Collections (US: St. Louis Art Museum, 1999), 48
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Tea table

Object number



Maker Unknown


25 7/8 31 20 7/8 in. (65.723 78.74 53.023 cm)



Current location



Made in Rhode Island
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Nathaniel R. Norris (1910–1991), Newport, Rhode Island; consigned by his estate to Christie's East, New York, June 10, 1992, lot 129; sold to Leigh Keno, New York, 1992; sold to George and Lesley Schoedinger, St. Louis, Missouri, before 2008; consigned to Christie's, January 18, 2008, lot 516

Associated names

George and Lesley Schoedinger
Nathaniel R. Norris
Leigh Keno
Christie's East


The single-board, oblong, rectangular top is joined to its frame by wood pins concealed by a molded edge, which is applied by wood-filled fasteners. The outside edges of the top are visible below the molding. On its underside are planning marks as well as two small wood braces, each fixed with two screws and wedged with shims attached with domed-top brads. The rails of the frame are tenoned, with two through-pins per joint, to the rectangular tops of the legs. To the underside of the rails are attached, with brads, a convex skirt molding. The square-sectioned cabriole legs have no knee brackets, but are slightly swollen at the sides of their angular knees. They have rounded ankles and shod slipper feet. Examined by P.E. Kane, January 14, 2008; notes compiled by T.B. Lloyd.


David H. Conradsen, Useful Beauty: Early American Decorative Arts from St. Louis Collections, exh. cat. (Saint Louis: Saint Louis Art Museum, 1999), 48–49, no. 17.
Christie's, New York, Property from the Collection of George and Lesley Schoedinger, sale cat. (January 18, 2008), 62–63, lot 516, ill.
Christie's East, New York, American Furniture, Paintings, Decorative Objects and Sculpture, sale cat. (June 10, 1992), lot 129.
"Leigh Keno American Antiques advertisement," Antiques 142, no. 4 (October 1992): 418, 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), 213n5.