Card Table

Maker:
Attributed to John Goddard (1724–1785)
Date:
1760–90
Geography:
Made in Newport, Rhode Island, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Mahogany
Dimensions:
27 3/4 x 33 1/4 x 16 1/2 in. (70.5 x 84.5 x 41.9 cm)
Classification:
Furniture
Credit Line:
Friends of the American Wing Fund, 1967
Accession Number:
67.114.1
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 752
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.
Henry Bromfield, Boston, until died 1820; his daughter, Elizabeth Bromfield Rogers, Boston, 1820–died 1833; Mrs. Hannah Rogers Mason, 1833–1871; Denison Rogers Slade, by 1871; Mrs. Henry E. Warner, Concord, Massachusetts, until died 1967