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 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.