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Tilt-top table

Object number



Maker, probably by Joseph Sanford, 1740–1784


29 32 1/2 in. (73.66 82.55 cm)



Current location

Newport Restoration Foundation, Rhode Island


Made in Newport, Rhode Island
(view a map of Rhode Island)


Mahogany (primary); birch (block)


"J. Sanford [script]," in chalk, on underside of table top




Jeremiah Lee House, Marblehead, Massachusetts. Ginsburg and Levy, Inc., New York, 1970. Benjamin and Cora Ginsburg, New York; consigned by their estate to Northeast Auctions, Hampton and Portsmouth, New Hampshire (sale held Manchester, New Hampshire), August 3, 2003, lot 1803. Becnel collection. Sotheby's, New York, October 7, 2006, lot 328. A Florida collector; consigned to Sotheby's, New York, January 17 and 20, 2019, lot 1436; sold to Newport Restoration Foundation, Rhode Island

Associated names

Jeremiah Lee House
Benjamin Ginsburg
Northeast Auctions
Becnel Collection
Ginsburg and Levy, Inc.

See also


Northeast Auctions, Portsmouth, N.H., Property from the Collection of Cora and Benjamin Ginsburg, sale cat. (August 3, 2003), 53, lot 1803, ill.
Patricia E. Kane, "The Palladian Style in Rhode Island Furniture: Fly Tea Tables," American Furniture (1999): 10–12, fig. 14.
Sotheby's, New York, Important Americana Including Property from the Rhode Island Historical Society, sale cat. (October 7, 2006), 243–46, lot 328, ill.
Helen Comstock, American Furniture: Seventeenth, Eighteenth, and Nineteenth Century Styles (New York: Viking Press, 1962), no. 397, ill.
"Ginsburg and Levy advertisement," Antiques vol 97, no. 5 (May 1970): 633, ill.
Christie's, New York, Important American Furniture, Folk Art, and Silver, sale cat. (January 20, 2017), 72, fig. 1.
Sotheby's, New York, Important Americana, sale cat. (January 17 and 20, 2019), 138–39, lot 1436, ill.
"Whitehorne House Museum Reopens with Debut of Recently Acquired Tea Table," Antiques and the Arts Weekly (May 31, 2019): 4, ill.