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Card table

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


Height, closed: 28 3/4 in. (73.025 cm) Height, open: 27 3/4 in. (70.485 cm) Width, open: 34 in. (86.36 cm) Width, extreme: 34 1/4 in. (86.995 cm) Depth, top closed: 17 in. (43.18 cm) Depth, top open: 33 3/4 in. (85.725 cm)



Current location

Private Collection


Made in Newport, Rhode Island
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Mahogany (primary); maple (hinged rails); pine (vertical blocks and drawer support); chestnut (horizontal blocks); yellow poplar (drawer supports)




"III J. P.," in chalk, in late nineteenth or early twentieth century script on underside


Purchased in London by Daniel Kempner, New York, ca. 1950; by descent to his daughter Mrs. Alan Pryce-Jones, New York; by descent to her husband; by descent to his stepson Daniel Thorne; sold to Leigh Keno, New York; sold to a private collection, 1987

Associated names

Leigh Keno American Antiques
Daniel Kempner
Alan Pryce-Jones
Mrs. Alan Pryce-Jones
Daniel Thorne


The top is fastened to the frame with screws in screw pockets?two each on the front and rear rail and one each on the end rails; glue blocks reinforce these joints. Both rear legs are hinged; the teeth on the hinges are rounded and the pins are wood. Two leaf-edge tenons keep the leaves aligned when the table is open. The stationary rail is fastened to the hinged rail with three screws with domed heads arranged in a triangular configuration. The joints of the side rails to the front and rear rails are reinforced with vertical corner blocks. The supports for the drawer are lapped to the rail at the front and to a brace at the back; the brace is tenoned into the rear rail and rests on a block glued to the back of the front rail. The tops of the swing legs are rabbeted to fit under the corners of the frame when the legs are closed. Examined by P. E. Kane, September 7, 2009.

See also


"Leigh Keno American Furniture advertisement," Antiques 139, no. 5 (May 1991): 814, ill.
"Leigh Keno American Furniture advertisement," Antiques 133, no. 1 (January 1988): 52–53, ill.
Sotheby's, New York, Property of the Goddard Family, sale cat. (January 22, 2005), 41, fig. 8.
Wendy A. Cooper, "The Kaufman Collection," Antiques 179, no. 3 (May–June 2012): 113, fig. 9.
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), 305, 329, 331–333, no. 67, fig. 1–2.