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Bureau table


Object number

RIF690

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

86.36 x 91.44 x 49.53 cm (34 x 36 x 19 1/2 in.)

Date

1760–1785

Current location

Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design

Geography

Made in Newport, Rhode Island
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Medium

Mahogany (primary); pine (secondary)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

“1” through “ 4,” in graphite, on interior fronts of first four interior drawers [beginning at proper-right]; “5” and “6,” in graphite, on exterior back of last two interior drawers [from proper-right to proper-left]; “J,” “F,” or double loop, in chalk, on exterior back of removable desk interior; “1” through “6,” in graphite, on interior backs of exterior drawers [numbers retraced over older numbers]; faint numbers, in graphite, on some interior drawer bottoms at front; numbers, on some proper-right exterior drawer sides at top front corner; “1[?]” through “6[?],” in graphite, on tops of dividers under exterior drawers [numbers retraced over older numbers]; “GS,” in chalk, on exterior bottom of chest; mathematical figures, in graphite, on underside of divider under proper-left top drawer

Style

Chippendale

Provenance

Mrs. Elisha R. Potter (née Mary Mawney 1779–1835), Kingston, Rhode Island; by descent to her grand-daughter Mary LeMoine Potter (1860–1938), South Kingstown, Rhode Island, before 1933; given to the Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, 1933

Associated names

Judge Elisha Reynolds Potter
Mary Mawney Potter
Thomas Mawney Potter
Mary LeMoine Potter

Bibliography

Norman M. Isham, "Bulletin," Bulletin of the Rhode Island School of Design 22 (1927): 17, fig. 3.
"Authenticated Goddard," American Collector 2, no. 12 (November 29, 1934): 2, ill.
"Bulletin," Bulletin of the Rhode Island School of Design 22 (October 1934): 59.
Mabel M. Swan, "The Goddard and Townsend Joiners, Part II," Antiques 49, no. 5 (May 1946): 292, fig. 1.
Lester Margon, Masterpieces of American Furniture, 1620–1840: A Compendium, with Photographs, Measured Drawings, and Descriptive Commentary (New York: Architectural Book Publishing, 1965), 195, ill.
"Rhode Island History," Rhode Island History 24 (1965): 38.
Joseph K. Ott, The John Brown House Loan Exhibition of Rhode Island Furniture, exh. cat. (Providence: The Rhode Island Historical Society, 1965), 118–119, no. 73, Detail on p.168, fig. 73, ill.
Joseph K. Ott, "The John Brown House Loan Exhibition of Rhode Island Furniture," Antiques 87, no. 5 (May 1965): 566–567, 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.
John Fleming and Hugh Honour, The Peguin Dictionary of Decorative Arts (London: Penguin Books, 1977), 337, ill.
"Antique Monthly," Antique Monthly 14 (January 1981): 17, ill.
Michael Moses, Master Craftsmen of Newport: The Townsends and Goddards (Tenafly, N.J.: MMI Americana Press, 1984), 6, 30, fig. 1.11.
Carla Mathes Woodward and Franklin W. Robinson, eds., A Handbook of the Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, exh. cat. (Providence, R.I.: RISD Museum, 1985), 317, no. 269, ill.
Christopher P. Monkhouse and Thomas S. Michie, American Furniture in Pendleton House (Providence: RISD Museum, 1986), 84–85, no. 30, ill.