A Newport Chippendale Mahogany Drop Leaf Table

A Chippendale Mahogany Drop-Leaf Dining Table, Newport, Rhode Island, Circa 1780. This attractive drop-leaf table represents a classic Newport example produced in the manner of John Townsend.

The usage of choice mahogany in the top and the precise elegance of the stop-fluted legs, identify this table as a superior example from the best cabinet shops of 18th Century Newport, Rhode Island. The table is constructed of richly grained mahogany and has an old surface with a deep mellow patina. The rectangular top has drop-leaves with a simple squared edge. The top rests on a frame with maple sides and shaped mahogany ends with scrolled valences. This apron joins four bold square legs with stop-fluted details that are fully carved on each of the sides. Two of the legs swing out to support the drop-leaves when in the open position. These legs, which are hinged with a finely executed finger joint, swing out to reveal the dovetail joints holding the mahogany ends to the inner maple frame. The frame is reinforced with five maple cross braces that are dovetailed into the sides. This construction detail is a technique closely associated with the cabinet shops of Newport.