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efmrrt

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Newport RI/Goddard feet
« on: January 14, 2014, 07:07:26 AM »
I'm looking for some good reference material on Newport RI/Goddard Ball and Claw feet/legs. Also examples of the back side of the leg/claw.  Any info would be appreciated.

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Re: Newport RI/Goddard feet
« Reply #1 on: January 14, 2014, 08:34:04 AM »
If you can come up with a copy of Sotheby's January 22, 2005 auction catalog (#8055) there are excellent close-up photos of the Goddard tea table claw and ball foot.  They come up on ebay occassionally.  I would be willing to lend you my copy if you can't find one.

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Re: Newport RI/Goddard feet
« Reply #2 on: January 14, 2014, 09:21:03 AM »
The catalog mentioned by Jeff also has pretty good pics of the Goddard corner chairs as two examples sold at that auction along with the tea table.  Another good pic can be found in the Keno brothers book "Hidden Treasures"  A casting of the Goddard tea table is available from Allan Breed. His contact info may be found in our membership listing.
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Re: Newport RI/Goddard feet
« Reply #3 on: January 14, 2014, 04:15:13 PM »
...Another good pic can be found in the Keno brothers book "Hidden Treasures" ...

IIRC, there was one item in this book for which there were no, as in zero, photos. Unfortunately for me, it was the one item I was most interested in; but I can't find the book right now, so its identity will have to remain unknown, I think it was the last item discussed.

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Re: Newport RI/Goddard feet
« Reply #4 on: January 14, 2014, 08:33:17 PM »
mfrrt, Jeff Greene's book, American Furniture of the 18th Century, has a whole chapter on Cabriole Legs and Ball & Claw feet that starts on page 148. It would apply to Newport/Goddard pieces.
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Re: Newport RI/Goddard feet
« Reply #5 on: January 14, 2014, 09:44:45 PM »
Pam,

Can you please give me an idea of which piece in the Keno's book you were interested in? In an attempt to be helpful, I just looked through Hidden Treasures and found photos for everything.  Not always very clear photos, but photos.  PSP

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Re: Newport RI/Goddard feet
« Reply #6 on: January 16, 2014, 09:57:02 AM »
Can you please give me an idea of which piece in the Keno's book you were interested in? In an attempt to be helpful, I just looked through Hidden Treasures and found photos for everything.  Not always very clear photos, but photos.  PSP

Nothing would please me more, but I can't find the book and the TOC on Amazon is unhelpful. I think it was a very enjoyable read, used copies are cheap, and it's always possible I'm misremembering, wouldn't be the first time. There were several other antique furniture books I was reading at the same time that could have been the miscreant. Sorry.

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Re: Newport RI/Goddard feet
« Reply #7 on: January 16, 2014, 09:31:43 PM »
effmrrt,

The best references for Newport feet and legs that I know in addition to the ones already offered are:

1)  Master Craftsmen of Newport by Michael Moses
2)  John Townsend Newport Cabinetmaker by Morrison Heckscher
3)  American Furniture in the Metropolitan Museum of Art Late Colonial Period by Morrison Heckscher

These are out of print books and may be difficult to acquire, but they may be at a library.  Don't forget to investigate the reference libraries at art museums.  Also, I have not checked it out thoroughly, but you might want to look at Yale's Rhode Island Furniture Project for details.  PSP

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Re: Newport RI/Goddard feet
« Reply #8 on: January 17, 2014, 07:46:40 PM »
Antiques magazine from the 70's or 80's has a number of good pictures also. I am not sure what issue. I am sure someone will post the right issue before I can find it.

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Re: Newport RI/Goddard feet
« Reply #9 on: January 17, 2014, 11:02:35 PM »
EFMRRT,
Your summary doesn't say where you are located. Sometimes a road trip to a museum is in order, take you camera, take pictures. Ain't nothin' like the real thing baby!!!
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Re: Newport RI/Goddard feet
« Reply #10 on: January 23, 2014, 09:20:56 PM »
Thanks for all the help.  Msiemsen I'm in Central NY (dead smack in the center of the state). Jeff I was able to get a copy of the Sotheby's #8055. Also got the  American Furniture in the Metropolitan Museum of Art Late Colonial Period by Morrison Heckscher.  Some awesome pcs in there!!!!  

Again thanks for the help all.  
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Re: Newport RI/Goddard feet
« Reply #11 on: January 24, 2014, 05:30:11 PM »
American Furniture in the Metropolitan Museum of Art Late Colonial Period by Morrison Heckscher.

MET Publications website has a free PDF download of this book...



http://www.metmuseum.org/research/metpublications/American_Furniture_in_The_Metropolitan_Museum_of_Art_Late_Colonial_Period_Vol_II_The_Queen_Anne_a