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Card table

Object number



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


27 1/2 34 1/4 18 1/4 in. (69.85 87 46.36 cm)



Current location

Private Collection


Made in Newport, Rhode Island
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Mahogany (primary); maple (hinged and stationary rails); pine (corner blocks and support for element into which drawer runners originally tenoned); yellow poplar (tip bar and original glue block inside stationary rail)






Private collection, 2009


The oblong, single-board top has rounded edges at the front and sides. These edges are alternately straight and serpentine, with outset square corners. It is joined to its conformingly shaped and edged upper leaf with inset brass hinges at the rear corners. The top of the lower leaf and the bottom of the upper leaf are baize-lined; the outset corners are inset candlestick reserves. The top is secured to the conformingly shaped frame by means of screw pockets?two inside the front rail, one in the proper right short rail, and two in the inside rear rail. At the joint between the top and the front rail are shadows of a longitudinal glue block. The outside face of the proper left short rail contains a small drawer-front with a beaded surround; the inside face of the rail has a modern patch. Some fittings for the drawer remain?a transverse batten set in grooves in the front and inside rear rails, and a notched bracket nailed with brads inside the front rail, and aligned with a groove on the opposite rail. The interior front corners of the frame each contain two vertical glue blocks (one quarter round, one trapezoidal in plan). The interior rear corners contain modern glue blocks and shadows of missing vertical blocks. The inside rear rail is fixed to the stationary portion of the outside rail with four screws, and meets the short rails in rabbeted dovetail joints, having finely cut pins of slightly varying configuration, with half-pins above and below. The ends of the outer rail swing by means of two five-knuckled round wood hinges and are joined to the blocks atop the rear legs with tenons and two wood pins. The carved knee brackets (two on each front leg and one on each rear leg) are held on with glue. The cabriole legs are square in section, with angular knees. The front legs are carved at the knees with stylized acanthus motifs, have deeply carved ankles, and talons grasping elongated ball feet. The rear legs end in shod pad feet with incised heels. 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), 333nn2–3.