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Dining table

Object number



Maker, attributed to John Goddard, American, 1723–1785
(hinges) John Palmer, active 1750–70


Open: 27 3/4 49 3/4 56 in. (70.49 126.37 142.24 cm)



Current location



Made in Newport, Rhode Island
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Mahogany (primary); maple and chestnut (secondary)


"IP," stamped on hinges


"This table was the property of Susan Gordon Campbell—wife of Winthrop Campbell (married about 1813) great-Grandmother of H. C. Cheney & N. S. Campbell," on paper label glued to underside of top


Susan Gordon Campbell; by descent to her great-grandchildren Helen Campbell Cheney (1880–1962), Manchester, Massachusetts, and N. S. Campbell, before 1928; by descent to H. N. Campbell, Providence, Rhode Island, by 1928. Christie's, New York, January 23, 1988

Associated names

H. N. Campbell
Susan Gordon Campbell
N. S. Campbell
Helen Campbell Cheney


The oblong, single-board top has a slightly rounded edge and bowed ends, and is joined to its single-board, half-round leaves by four pairs of iron hinges, each leaf thrice-screwed, set slightly inward of the legs. The joints between top and leaves are quarter round. The top is secured to its frame by screws in the chamfered ends of transverse battens, which pass through the outer rails near the legs, and in a batten near the midpoint of the frame. The inner and outer rails are joined by rosehead nails. Chamfered vertical glue blocks occupy the joints between the end of the inner rails beside the swing legs and the skirts. The hinged portions of the outer rails are notched to accommodate the transverse battens, and are tenoned and twice-wood-pinned to the rabbeted tops of the swing legs. Behind each swinging leg, each inner rail meets its flat-arch-skirted short rail in rabbeted dovetail joints, having small, finely cut pins with half-pins above and below. The swinging legs move by means of square, carved wood, five-knuckled hinges. The square-sectioned cabriole legs have angular knees, deeply carved tendons, and claws with prominent knuckles and undercut talons, grasping elongated ball feet. Notes compiled by T. B. Lloyd from photographs supplied by Lisa and Michael Moses.


Wallace Nutting, Furniture Treasury (New York: MacMillan Company, 1963), no. 982, ill.
Christie's, New York, Fine American Furniture, Silver, Folk Art, and Decorative Arts, sale cat. (January 23, 1988), 213, lot 383.
Liza Moses and Michael Moses, "Authenticating John Townsend's and John Goddard's Queen Anne and Chippendale Tables," Antiques 121, no. 5 (May 1982): 1137, fig. 19.
Michael Moses, Master Craftsmen of Newport: The Townsends and Goddards (Tenafly, N.J.: MMI Americana Press, 1984), 226, fig. 5.14–5.14b.