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Dining table

Object number



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


Closed: 28 3/4 20 1/4 62 3/4 in. (73.03 51.44 159.39 cm) Width, open: 62 1/4 in. (158.12 cm)



Current location



Made in Newport, Rhode Island
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Mahogany (primary); maple (hinged and stationary rails and medial brace)






Private collection, Virginia; consigned to Sotheby's, January 20–21, 2012, lot 247

Associated names

A Virginia family


The single-board center portion of the top has rounded ends and a rounded edge, as do the flanking half-round leaves. There are six sets of rectangular hinges attached to the top with screws, set above each leg and at the midpoint of the long rails. The top is attached to the frame by means of two screw pockets, one each at the midpoint of the short rails, and by (later) glue blocks at the ends of the short rails adjacent to the swing rails, by (later) braces screwed to the underside of the top and let into the stationary rails. The stationary rails are joined to the hinged rails by rosehead nails and to each other by a medial brace tenoned through both rails, whose wedged ends are visible through the hinged rails. The top of the legs at the swing end of the hinged rail is rabbeted. The joint between the mahogany skirt and the stationary rail consists of three dovetails with half-pins above and below. The hinged rails each have a wood five-toothed round hinge. The square-sectioned cabriole legs have angular knees and vigorously carved tendons and knuckles. Both the talons and the elongated balls of the feet are undercut. Examined by P. E. Kane and W. S. Braznell, January 20, 2012; notes compiled by T. B. Lloyd.


Sotheby's, New York, Important Americana: Furniture, Folk Art, Silver, Porcelain, Prints, and Carpets, sale cat. (January 20–21, 2012), 176, lot 247.