A Queen Anne Mahogany Tray Top Tea Table with Slipper Feet, Attributed to the Goddard/Townsend School, Newport, RI, c. 1760
Although many colonial cities produced their versions of the Queen Anne
tray top tea table form with regional slipper foot modeling, Newport's
example is considered the best of the form, and this is the
quintessential Newport model. This tea table retains all its original
parts including the applied tray top moldings, which are often lacking.
There are no breaks or alterations, and the table retains all its original charm.
Another example of this form can be found in the Bayou Bend Collection at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, see below and compare. This form is "classic Newport" with many documented examples. (See Master Craftsmen of Newport, Michael Moses, pgs. 45 & 73).
A second example is illustrated in The Arts & Crafts of Newport, RI, Ralph Carpenter, Jr. (see attached).
Also of interest are two labels found on the underside of the table with names written in an antique hand. The first says "To / E-- O. Greenleaf" and the second names "Lizzie D. M--ick" (dashes represent undecipherable letters). All we can say is that, as antiquarians, the labels are quite old and although the provenance is not fully known, these do appear to be an early and valid record.
Height: 26 1/2 in. Depth: 18 in. Width: 29 1/2 in.
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