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Dining table

Object number



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


Closed: 27 14 38 in. (68.58 35.56 96.52 cm) Width, open: 42 in. (106.68 cm)



Current location

Private Collection


Made in Newport, Rhode Island
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Mahogany (primary); birch (hinged rails); maple (stationary rails); yellow poplar (battens); pine (original glue blocks)




“2,” in chalk, on underside of both leaves; illegible chalk, under hinged rail [probably marking position of hinge], “3,” in chalk, on stationary part of one of hinged rails; “2” or “C,” on stationary part of other hinged rail; loop or illegible letter, in chalk, on exterior of stationary rails; “/” and other illegible mark, in chalk, on interior of one of hinged rails; illegible inscription, in chalk, on exterior of hinged rail


By descent in the Brown family of Providence, Rhode Island; by descent to Anne D. Holst, Warwick, Rhode Island; consigned to Keno Auctions, New York, (sale held Stamford, Connecticut), May 1–2, 2010, lot 253; sold to a private collection

Associated names

Brown family of Providence, Rhode Island
Keno Auctions
G. W. Samaha
Anne D. Holst


The oblong rectangular single-board top has a square edge and is joined to its single-board rectangular leaves by four pairs of metal hinges, each leg thrice-screwed, set just inward of the frame. The joints between top and leaves are quarter round. A single iron hinge-leaf repairs a crack in one leaf. The top is secured to its frame by horizontal glueblocks, one screw-pocket in each flat-arch-skirted short rail, and by three transverse battens: one batten is set into the rails at the frame?s midpoint; the others pass through notches in the rails and are screwed into the top at their midpoints and at their chamfered ends. Shadows within the frame indicate the former presence of vertical glue blocks in each corner and of horizontal glue blocks along the rails. A transverse batten is dovetailed into the bottom of the inner rails of the frame at their midpoint. Each tail is reinforced with brads. The rails are not joined by nails. The end of each thinner interior rail beside the swinging rail meets the short rail in a dovetail joint, having finely cut, narrow-necked pins with half-pins above and below. The neighboring portions of each inner short rail are kerf-marked. These corners are rabbeted to accommodate the tops of the swinging legs, which move by means of circular five-knuckled carved wood hinges. The stationary and swinging ends of the outside rails are tenoned and double-wood-pinned to the blocks atop the legs. The square-section cabriole legs have angular knees and deeply carved tendons, claws and talons grasping elongated ball feet. Some of the glued-on knee brackets are missing. Examined by P. E. Kane and J. N. Johnson, March 7, 2014; notes compiled by T. B. Lloyd.


Keno Auctions, New York, Inaugural Auction, sale cat. (May 1–2, 2010), 62, lot 253, ill.
Keno Auctions, "Inaugural Sale, Catalogue Results," (accessed April 30, 2013).
Lita Solis-Cohen, "Keno Auctions Inaugural Sale," Maine Antique Digest (July 2010): 34-C, ill.