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Tea table

Object number



Maker Unknown


25 3/4 31 19 1/4 in. (65.41 78.74 48.9 cm)



Current location



Made in Newport, Rhode Island
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"This is the [torn] / erty of Hett [torn] / Harlan in the [torn] / Anne S. Tu[r or n] [torn] / called for by [torn] / her children," typewritten, on paper label with red printed borders glued to underside of top; "3," in graphite, on underside of top; other illegible markings, in chalk and graphite, on underside of top


Dr. William Turner (1712–1754), Newport, Rhode Island, and Newark, New Jersey; by descent to his son, Capt. Daniel Turner (1750–1837); by descent to his son, Dr. William Foster (1775–1837); by descent to his son, Commodore Peter Turner (1803–1871), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; by descent to his daughter, Hettie Foster Turner (1850–1937); by descent to her son, James Turner; by descent to the Turner Trust; sold for the trust by Leigh Keno American Antiques, New York, 2001; private collection; consigned to Keno Auctions, January 18, 2011, lot 168

Associated names

Leigh Keno
Private Collection
Keno Auctions
Capt. Daniel Turner
Dr. William Turner
Commodore Peter Turner
Turner Trust
James Turner
Hettie Foster Turner


The two-board, oblong, rectangular top is joined to its frame by wood pins, or nails, concealed by a perimeter molding applied by fasteners in wood-filled holes. The outside edges of the top are visible below the moldings. The underside of the top is chamfered at the corners to accommodate pairs of vertical triangular glue blocks (two pairs are missing) at the joints between the rails and the rectangular tops of the legs. Shadows under the top indicate the former presence of longitudinal glue blocks at the joints between the top and the long rails. The rails are tenoned into the rectangular tops of the legs without wood pins. Flush with the bottom of the rails and with the knees of the cabriole legs is a quarter round molding. At each junction of leg, rail and quarter round is a coved knee bracket (some replaced), attached with brads. The legs are square in section, with angular knees, rounded ankles and slipper feet. Examined by P. E. Kane, October 25, 2010; notes compiled by T. B. Lloyd.


"William Turner Queen Anne mahogany tea table," (accessed October 29, 2010).
"Keno Auctions advertisement," Antiques and Fine Art 10, no. 5 (Autumn/Winter 2010): 79.
Keno Auctions, New York, American and European Paintings, Folk Art, Furniture, and Decorative Arts, sale cat. (January 18, 2011), 64–65, lot 168, 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), 213nn1, 4.