Finding its beauty in simplicity of curves and rich mahogany graining, through cabriole legs with sharp edges and sweeping curves ending in a dramatic large disc foot, this table is an exceptional example of the Newport, Rhode Island aesthetic as executed through the workmanship of master craftsman John Goddard (1723-1785).
Idiosyncratic construction details of this table clearly indicate the work of John Goddard. The construction of the undercarriage, with cross braces which pass through the skirt, the use of a knuckle-joint swing mechanism and a swing leg that covers a portion of the skirt are a few aspects of construction indicitive of his hand (see Moses, "Authenticating John Townsend's and John Goddard's Queen Anne and Chippendale Tables," Antiques (May 1982), pp. 1130-1143). Both the table offered here, and one in a private collection that is documented to John Goddard through a bill of sale, were constructed in this manner (see Moses, p. 1132, figs. 4 and 4A). In addition, the use of sap wood as a decorative element on the skirt is characteristic of the works created by Goddard.