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Patricia E. Kane
The Palladian Style in Rhode Island Furniture: Fly Tea Tables

American Furniture 1999

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  • Figure 1
    Figure 1

    Tea table by John Goddard, Newport, Rhode Island, 1773. Mahogany and maple; iron. H. 26 1/2", Diam. 33". (Photograph, courtesy, John Nicholas Brown Center for the study of American Civilization, Brown University.)

  • Figure 2
    Figure 2

    Receipt from John Goddard to James Atkinson, December 9, 1773. (Photo, John Nicholas Brown Center for the Study of American Civilization, Brown University.)

  • Figure 3
    Figure 3

    Tea table attributed to Job Danforth, Providence, Rhode Island, ca. 1775. Mahogany and oak; iron. H. 27", Diam. 34 7/8". (Courtesy, Rhode Island Historical Society, gift of J. Danforth Edwards; photo, Gavin Ashworth.)

  • Figure 4
    Figure 4

    Tea table, Newport, Rhode Island, 1755–1775. Mahogany, cherry and maple; brass and iron. H. 26 5/8", Diam. 32 3/8". (Courtesy, Rhode Island Historical Society, gift of the Wunsch Americana Foundation.)

  • Figure 5
    Figure 5

    Tea table, Newport, Rhode Island, 1755–1775. Mahogany and maple; brass and iron. H. 28", Diam. 31 3/4". (Courtesy, Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities, gift of Emma Franklin Estabrook.)

  • Figure 6
    Figure 6

    Tea table, Newport, Rhode Island, 1755–1775. Mahogany and maple; brass. H. 29 11/16", Diam. 33 3/8". (Private collection; photo, Israel Sack, Inc.)

  • Figure 7
    Figure 7

    Tea table, Newport, Rhode Island, 1755–1775. Mahogany; brass. H. 27 15/16", Diam. 31 1/2". (Private collection; photo, David Bohl.)

  • Figure 8
    Figure 8

    Peter Harrison, Redwood Library, Newport, Rhode Island, 1748. (Photo, Gavin Ashworth.)

  • Figure 9
    Figure 9

    Tea table, Newport, Rhode Island, 
    ca. 1765. Mahogany and soft maple; brass and iron. H. 26 5/8", Diam. 31 7/8". (Private collection; photo, Israel Sack, Inc.)

  • Figure 10
    Figure 10

    Interior view of the Touro Synagogue, Newport, Rhode Island, 1763. (Photo, Gavin Ashworth.)

  • Figure 11
    Figure 11

    Comparative detail showing (left) designs for balusters and balustrades on pl. 17 of James Gibbs, Rules for Drawing, 1732, and (right) gallery balusters in the Touro Synagogue. (Courtesy, Printed Book and Periodical Collection, Winterthur Museum Library.)

  • Figure 12
    Figure 12

    Tea table, Newport, Rhode Island, 1755–1775. Mahogany; brass. H. 27", Diam. 28 1/4". (Courtesy, Newport Historical Society; photo, Gavin Ashworth.)

  • Figure 13
    Figure 13

    Tea table, Newport, Rhode Island, 1755–1775. Mahogany and birch; brass. H. 27 5/8", Diam. 30 3/16". (Private collection; photo, Israel Sack, Inc.)

  • Figure 14
    Figure 14

    Tea table, Newport, Rhode Island, ca. 1765. Mahogany. (Advertised by Ginsburg & Levy, Inc., Antiques, May 1970.) www.themagazineantiques.com

  • Figure 15
    Figure 15

    Tea table, Newport, Rhode Island, 1755–1775. Mahogany and maple. H. 28", Diam. 32". (Courtesy, Rhode Island Historical Society.) Illustrated in Joseph K. Ott, The John Brown House Loan Exhibition of Rhode Island Furniture (Newport: The Rhode Island Historical Society, 1965), plate 33.