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From: "Israel Sack, Inc., advertisement" Antiques 135 (June 1989): inside cover
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High chest of drawers

Object number



Maker Unknown


85 x 39 1/2 x 21 3/4 in. (215.9 x 100.33 x 55.245 cm)



Current location

Private collection


Made in Newport, Rhode Island
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Mahogany (primary); pine (backboards, drawer dividers, some drawer supports, blocks behind front corner veneer in lower case, guides for side drawers in lower case, side scroll boards on pediment, top rail of lower case, blocks for rear legs, blocks at the front rail of upper case, bottom board of upper case and drawer bottoms lower case; yellow poplar (drawer sides); cottonwood [?] (drawer supports of side drawers in lower case, supports and guides for upper drawer, center board on pediment)




“X,” incised, on exterior backs of large drawers in upper case; “XI” and “XII,” incised, on exterior backs of small drawers in upper case; “X,” incised, on exterior back of long drawer in lower case; “X,” incised, on lower center drawer of lower case; “XI” and “XII,” incised, on backs of deep drawers in lower case




Christopher Lawton (1728–1752), South Kingstown, Rhode Island; by descent in his family, before 1970. Israel Sack, Inc., New York, 1970

Associated names

Christopher Lawton
Elizabeth Tripp
William Browning
Israel Sack, Inc.


American Antiques from Israel Sack Collection, 10 vols. (Washington, D.C.: Highland House Publishers, 1957–1989), vol. 3, pp. 584, 588–589, no. 1352, ill.; vol. 4, p. 854, no. 1352, ill.; vol. 6, p. 8, no. P3048, ill.
Michael Moses, Master Craftsmen of Newport: The Townsends and Goddards (Tenafly, N.J.: MMI Americana Press, 1984), plate 22, ill.
"Israel Sack, Inc., advertisement," Antiques 135, no. 6 (June 1989): inside cover, ill.
Patricia E. Kane et al., Art and Industry in Early America: Rhode Island Furniture, 1650–1830, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2016), 233n3.