Card Table

Attributed to John Goddard American

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 753

On this exquisite exemplar of a Newport cabriole-leg card table, the various elements of the skirt board are in perfect proportion and equilibrium, the curves of the legs are altogether satisfying, and the carved bird’s talons grasping the ball feet appear alive. This is poetry in wood, something only John Goddard, of all the Newport makers, could on occasion achieve.

Card Table, Attributed to John Goddard (1724–1785), Mahogany, maple, chestnut, white pine, American

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