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Photo: Courtesy the Rhode Island Historical Society, Providence, 1973.4.10 (RHiX5290)
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Tea table

Object number



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


26 3/4 32 1/2 19 1/2 in. (67.945 82.55 49.53 cm)



Current location

The Rhode Island Historical Society


Made in Newport, Rhode Island
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John Brown (1736–1803) and his wife, Sarah Smith Brown (1738–1825), Providence, Rhode Island; by descent to their daughter, Sarah Brown Herreshoff (1773–1846) and her husband Karl Friedrich Herreshoff (1763–1819), Providence; by descent to her son, Charles Frederick Herreshoff III (1809–1888) and his wife, Julia Ann Lewis Herreshoff (1811–1901), Bristol, Rhode Island; by descent to their son, Julian Lewis Herreshoff (1854–1919) and his wife, Ellen Frances Taft Herreshoff (1852–1922), Bristol; by descent to their daughter, Grace Herreshoff Sperry (1881–1950) and her husband, John L. Sperry, Providence; given to the Rhode Island Historical Society, Providence, 1973

Associated names

John Brown
Sarah Smith Brown
Sarah "Sally" Brown Herreshoff
Grace Herreshoff Sperry
Charles Frederick Herreshoff III
Julian Lewis Herreshoff
John L. Sperry
Karl Friedrich Herreshoff
Julia Ann Lewis Herreshoff
Ellen Frances Taft Herreshoff


This table has been associated with a bill from John Goddard to John Brown, 1760, in the John Carter Brown Library, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island.

See also


Amy Coes, "A Bill of Sale from John Goddard to John Brown and the Furniture It Documents," Antiques 169, no. 5 (May 2006): 130–131, fig. 4, 4a, 4b.
Jeffrey P. Greene, American Furniture of the 18th Century: History, Technique, Structure (Newtown, Conn: The Taunton Press, 1996), 271, ill.
Sotheby's, New York, Important Americana Including Property from the Collection of Joan Oestreich Kend, sale cat. (January 20–21, 2017), fig. 2.
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), 330n5.