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Tilt-top table

Object number



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


27 1/4 32 31 1/2 in. (69.22 81.28 80.01 cm)



Current location



Made in Newport, Rhode Island
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Mahogany (primary); maple (block)






By descent in a Rhode Island family; consigned to Sotheby's, New York, September 30, 2010, lot 56

Associated names

Rhode Island family


The circular, single-board top has an edge which is raised, molded and slightly stepped at the transition to its underside, which is fitted with two cleats, with ogee-shaped profiles at the ends and at the points where the cleats align with the block atop the pedestal. The cleats are fixed to the top with five screws apiece?flat-head countersunk screws at each end, and dome-top screws in the middle. A brass catch latch locks the top to the rectangular, edge-beaded block atop the pedestal in a brass plate. Dowels, integral with the pedestal block and fitted into the cleats make the top tilt up in such a way as to allow the table to stand against a wall when not in use. The rectangular, wedged top of the turned, tapering pedestal is visible through the top of the block, as are two wood pins. The sides of the cylindrical pedestal base are slightly shaved where the legs are attached, in joints concealed by a three-armed iron plate, fixed to the pedestal base with one rosehead nail, and to the flat underside of the legs with two rosehead nails apiece. The underside of the legs have prominent rasp marks. The cabriole legs have rounded recesses along their flat sides and end in stylized ball and claw feet. Examined by P.E. Kane, September 22, 2010; notes compiled by T.B. Lloyd

See also


Sotheby's, New York, Important Americana: Featuring The Collection of Frank and June Barsalona, sale cat. (September 30, 2010), 51, lot 56, ill.