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Chest of drawers

Object number



Maker James Goddard, Jr., born 1752


31 5/8 37 1/8 21 1/2 in. (80.328 94.298 54.61 cm)



Current location

Private Collection


Made in Newport, Rhode Island
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Mahogany (primary); white pine (subtop, drawer backs and sides, strips along the case sides above the top drawer, strips along the case sides below the bottom drawer, and vertical and horizontal glue blocks on the feet); chestnut (drawer bottoms, backs of drawer dividers, case back, bottom board, and brackets on rear feet); yellow pine (drawer supports for the upper two drawers)


"James Goddard, Jr.," in ink, on inside of bottom board


"John," in chalk, on back of top drawer back; "T," in chalk, on interior of sides near top


Joe Kindig, Jr., Antiques, York, Pennsylvania, 1937. Mr. and Mrs. Walter B. Robb, Buffalo; consigned to Sotheby Parke Bernet, New York, November 22, 1980, lot 1290; sold to Israel Sack, Inc., New York

Associated names

Mr. and Mrs. Walter B. Robb
Sotheby Parke Bernet
Israel Sack, Inc.
Joe Kindig, Jr. and Son


The mahogany top rests on a pine subtop. The subtop is visible on the back below the mahogany top. The joint of the subtop and the front rail is reinforced with glue blocks.The back is two horizontal boards with a lap joint; it is nailed to rabets in the case sides and subtop and to the rear rails and bottom board. The drawer supports are nailed to the case sides and a rail at the back for the upper two drawers is dovetailed to the backboards and is nailed from the back with rosehead nails. The grain of the drawer bottoms runs from front to back. The drawer bottoms are chamfered and fit into grooves on the front and sides and are nailed to the underside of the back. The top drawer has four dovetails that are long with narrow pins. The feet are reinforced with vertical glue blocks that rest on the case bottom with horizontal glue blocks abutting. The rear feet extend beyond the case back. The brackets on the rear feet have an ogee-shaped outline and fit into slots in the sides of the rear feet. The brasses are replaced.

See also


Albert Sack, Fine Points of Furniture: Early American (New York: Crown Publishers, 1950), 103, ill.
"Joe Kindig, Jr., advertisement," Antiques 31 (1937): Inside front cover.
Michael Moses, Master Craftsmen of Newport: The Townsends and Goddards (Tenafly, N.J.: MMI Americana Press, 1984), pl. 19, fig. 1.56.
Sotheby Parke Bernet, New York, Important American Furniture and Related Decorative Arts, sale cat. (November 19–22, 1980), lot 1290, ill.
"Sotheby's advertisement," Antiques 118, no. 4 (October 1980): 837.
Morrison H. Heckscher, "John Townsend's Block-and-Shell Furniture," Antiques 121, no. 5 (May 1982): 1149, fig. 17.
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), 283, no. 52, fig. 3.
William C. Ketchum Jr., American Cabinetmakers: Marked American Furniture, 1640-1940 (New York: Crown Publishers, 1995), 136–137.