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John Goddard Tea Table
mahogany, 27"h, 33"w, 19"d  

One of the most spectacular examples of 18th-century Newport cabinetmaking: a John Goddard tea table in its fully developed form, replicated here in exacting detail.  This example has overcut, open-talon ball and claw feet and knees carved in the Goddard pattern. The top conforms to the sculpted shape of the apron and is one piece dished from the solid.

The table frame is of mortise-and-tenon construction with concealed leg blocks. The top is let into the frame and secured with cleats, as was the original, allowing for seasonal movement.

The original was made by Goddard for Nicholas Brown and it descended in the family until its sale in January 2005 for in excess of $8 million.
 
similar example: Sotheby's  8055, January 2005

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