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High chest of drawers


Object number

RIF813

Maker

Maker: attributed to John Townsend, American, 1732–1809

Dimensions

208.28 x 102.235 x 53.34 cm (82 x 40 1/4 x 21 in.)

Date

1760–1770

Current location

Unknown

Geography

Made in Newport, Rhode Island
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Medium

Mahogany (primary); chestnut and yellow poplar (secondary)

Style

Chippendale

Provenance

Elisha Dyer (1770–1845) Providence, Rhode Island; by descent in his family to Elisha Dyer, Jr., Washington, Connecticut

Associated names

Elisha Dyer
Elisha Dyer, Jr.

Bibliography

James Biddle, American Art from American Collections: Decorative Arts, Paintings, and Prints of the Colonial and Federal Periods from Private Collections, exh. cat. (New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1963), 30, no. 56, ill.
James Biddle, "American Art from American Collections," Antiques 83, no. 3 (March 1963): 312, fig. 8.
Joseph K. Ott, The John Brown House Loan Exhibition of Rhode Island Furniture, exh. cat. (Providence: The Rhode Island Historical Society, 1965), 92–93, no. 60, ill.
Morrison H. Heckscher, "John Townsend's Block-and-Shell Furniture," Antiques 121, no. 5 (May 1982): 1152, fig. 22.
Michael Moses, Master Craftsmen of Newport: The Townsends and Goddards (Tenafly, N.J.: MMI Americana Press, 1984), 145, 180–181, fig. 3.100, 3.100a-b.