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Card table

Object number



Maker, attributed to Stephen and Thomas Goddard, ca. 1785–1804


Closed: 27 7/8 35 7/8 17 3/8 in. (70.8 91.12 44.13 cm)



Current location

Private Collection


Made in Newport, Rhode Island
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Mahogany, mahogany veneer, and lightwood and ivory inlay (primary); maple (hinged rail); pine (stationary rail, kerfs of curved rail, and glue blocks on rear rail)




"X," in graphite, on interior suface of curved front rail


Private collection, 1995


The half-round, two-board, line-inlaid top has a line-inlaid square edge and is joined to the conformingly shaped and decorated single-board leaf above with brass hinges at their rear corners. There are two tenon joints at the rear edges. The top is secured to the half-round frame by five screw pockets- one at either end of the inner rear rail, and one in each of the three segmental portions of the front rail. These portions are solid, their inner faces bearing vertical incisions to facilitate bending. In each rear corner of the frame is a vertical chamfered glue block. The inner rail is joined to the stationary portion of the outer rail with rosehead nails. The swinging, proper right portion of the outer rail moves by means of a round, five-knuckled, carved wood hinge. The rail is tenoned to the swinging leg without wood pins. The slightly ressaulted front legs are inlaid in front with urns above and inverted bellflowers, white dots, and lines below. The outer front rails are line inlaid. Examined by P.E. Kane and J.N. Johnson, March 7, 2014; notes compiled by T.B. Lloyd.

See also


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), 405nn1–2, 4–6.