Porringer Top Tea Table
Second Floor - SW Bedroom
Furniture and Hard Furnishings
Rhode Island, probably Newport, 1760-1790
Mahogany; 27 ⅜" h. x 31 ¾" w. x 24" d.
The rectangular table with outset “porringer” (half-round projections
separated from the straight sides by cusps) corners; top attached to
the frame by tenons cut from the ends of four blocks of wood nailed to the underside of the top. Undercut rails on turned tapered legs and offset turned pad feet. Table has been refinished but is in an excellent state of preservation. This unusual “floating” top attachment is characteristic of the best furniture made in Newport, and is described as a favorite technique of John Goddard in American Antiques from the Israel Sack Collection.