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Dining table

Object number



Maker, attributed to John Goddard, American, 1723–1785
(hinges) Richard Ford, British, active 1760–80


Height: 28 in. (71.12 cm) Diameter: 60 in. (152.4 cm)



Current location



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


Mahogany (primary); maple (hinged and stationary rails, cross braces, and medial brace)


"RF," in rectangle, stamped on iron hinges on underside of top




William Smith, Providence, Rhode Island, and New York; by descent in his family; sold to Ginsburg and Levy, Inc., New York; sold to Joseph K. Ott (1929–1994), Providence, Rhode Island, 1962; by descent to his wife, Anne Northrup Ott (1929–2015), Providence, Rhode Island; consigned to Christie's, New York, January 20, 2012, lot 147

Associated names

William Smith family
Joseph K. Ott
Ginsburg and Levy, Inc.
Anne Northrop Ott


The top is comprised of a single-board central section with bowed ends and two single-board half round falling leaf sections, all of which have quarter round edges and quarter round joints between them. The leaves are joined by wrought iron hinges, attached to the top with screws. The top is attached to the frame by means of screw pockets at each skirt and by two cleats which pass through each stationary and hinged rail and are screwed into the central top section. There are also chamfered glue blocks between the top and stationary rails. A medial brace projects through the stationary rail with two tenons that are wedged. The stationary rails are attached to the hinged rails with rosehead nails. The hinged rails each have a five-toothed round hinge. The hinged legs are attached to their rails by mortise and tenon joints exhibiting two pins each. The stationary rails are attached to the shaped skirts by means of dovetails, with half-pins above and below. The angular, square-sectioned cabriole legs have angular knees, and vigorously carved stet and claws. Examined by P. E. Kane and W. S. Braznell, January 14, 2012; notes compiled by T. B. Lloyd.


Joseph K. Ott, "Some Rhode Island Furniture," Antiques 107, no. 5 (May 1975): 948, fig. 11.
Joseph K. Ott, The John Brown House Loan Exhibition of Rhode Island Furniture, exh. cat. (Providence: The Rhode Island Historical Society, 1965), 58–59, 166, no. 43, fig. 43.
Liza Moses and Michael Moses, "Authenticating John Townsend's and John Goddard's Queen Anne and Chippendale Tables," Antiques 121, no. 5 (May 1982): 1137, fig. 18.
Michael Moses, Master Craftsmen of Newport: The Townsends and Goddards (Tenafly, N.J.: MMI Americana Press, 1984), 225, fig. 5.13–5.13a.
Christie's, New York, The Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph K. Ott, sale cat. (January 20, 2012), 50–53, lot 147.
"Christie's advertisement," Antiques 179, no. 1 (January–February 2012): 105, ill.