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Bureau table


Object number

RIF689

Maker

Maker attributed Edmund Townsend, 1736/7 - 1811

Dimensions

85.57 x 92.71 x 49.53 cm (33 11/16 x 36 1/2 x 19 1/2 in.)

Date

1780–1800

Current location

Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design

Geography

Made in Newport, Rhode Island
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Medium

Mahogany (primary); chestnut (drawer bottoms, drawer divider backings, cabinet sides, longitudinal battens under top, glue blocks under top, rear support for large drawer, supports for lower small drawers, and case bottom and backboards); cottonwood(?) (drawer sides and backs, cabinet top, and supports for upper two small drawers); pine (sides of large drawer and glue blocks on underside of case); cedar (shelves of cabinet)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

Illegible inscription, in chalk, on exterior bottom of long drawer; loops, in chalk, on undersides of small drawers; "1" through "6," in graphite, on tops of dividers under small drawers (from proper-right upper to proper-left lower); possibly “3,” in chalk, on interior proper-left side (at front) of upper and middle proper-right small drawers; “4,” in chalk, on interior proper-right side (at rear) of upper and middle proper-right small drawers; “3,” in chalk, on interior proper-right side (at rear) of upper and middle proper-right small drawers; “1,” in chalk, on interior proper -left side (at front) of upper and middle proper-left small drawers; “2,” in chalk, interior proper-right side (at front) of upper and middle proper-left small drawers; “3,” in chalk, on interior proper-right side (at rear) of upper and middle proper-left small drawers; “4,” in chalk, on interior proper-left side (at rear) and on interior back (at left) of upper and middle proper-left small drawers; “1,” in chalk, on interior proper-left side (at front) of lower proper-left small drawer; “3,” in chalk, on interior proper-left side (at rear) and on interior back (at left) of lower proper-left small drawer; illegible chalk, on interior back (at center) of lower proper-left small drawer

Style

Chippendale

Provenance

Charles L. Pendleton (1846–1904), Providence, Rhode Island, before 1904; bequeathed to the Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, 1904

Associated names

Charles L. Pendleton

Bibliography

Luke Vincent Lockwood, The Pendleton Collection (Providence: RISD Museum, 1904), 229, pl. 228, ill.
Luke Vincent Lockwood, Colonial Furniture in America, 3rd ed., 2 vols. (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1926), vol. 1, pp. 123–124, fig. 121.
"Bulletin," Bulletin of the Rhode Island School of Design 22 (October 1934): 60.
Ralph E. Carpenter, Jr., The Arts and Crafts of Newport, Rhode Island, 1640–1820 (Newport, R.I.: Preservation Society of Newport County, 1954), 66, no. 40, Detail, p. 203, Supplement 40, ill.
Hedy B. Landman, "The Pendleton House at the Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design," Antiques 107, no. 5 (May 1975): 931, ill.
Michael Moses, Master Craftsmen of Newport: The Townsends and Goddards (Tenafly, N.J.: MMI Americana Press, 1984), 286, fig. 7.13.
Christopher P. Monkhouse and Thomas S. Michie, American Furniture in Pendleton House (Providence: RISD Museum, 1986), 85, no. 31, ill.
Christie's, New York, Important American Furniture, Folk Art, Silver, Prints, and Decoys, sale cat. (January 18–19, 2007), 316, fig. 2.