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From: Gronning and Coes, "The Early Work of John Townsend in the Christopher Townsend Shop Tradition,"American Furniture(2013):12
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High chest of drawers


Object number

RIF816

Maker

Maker: attributed to Christopher Townsend, 1701-1787
Maker: attributed to John Townsend, American, 1732–1809

Dimensions

237.491 x 113.03 x 58.42 cm (93 1/2 x 44 1/2 x 23 in.)

Date

1750–1755

Current location

Unknown

Geography

Made in Newport, Rhode Island
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Medium

Mahogany (primary); yellow poplar (secondary)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

"This Case of Drawers was formerly owned by Gov Gideon Wanton whose house stood on Coddington Street and after his Death it was sold at auction and bought by my Grand Father Perry Weaver and after his death it came to my Mother Sarah Freeborn and after her death it came to me, Perry Weaver Freeborn," inscribed, on a paper label glued inside one drawer; "M," in graphite, seven times at unspecificed locations; letter designations, at unspecified locations; a mark, perhaps "JE," conjoined, in graphite, on a drawer. Source: Erik Gronning and Amy Coes, “The Early Work of John Townsend in the Christopher Townsend Shop Tradition,” American Furniture (Milwaukee, Wis., The Chipstone Foundation, 2013):15.

Style

Chippendale

Provenance

Gov. Gideon Wanton (1693–1767), Newport, Rhode Island; sold at auction to Perry Weaver (1755–1827), Newport, Rhode Island; by descent to his daughter Mrs. William F. Freeborn (née Sarah Weaver, 1778–1841), Newport, Rhode Island; by descent to her son Perry Weaver Freeborn (1810–1885), Middletown, Rhode Island. Sold to a private collection

Associated names

Governor Gideon Wanton
Perry Weaver
Sarah Weaver Freeborn
Perry Weaver Freeborn

Bibliography

Joseph K. Ott, The John Brown House Loan Exhibition of Rhode Island Furniture, exh. cat. (Providence: The Rhode Island Historical Society, 1965), 94–95, no. 61, ill.
Joseph K. Ott, "The John Brown House Loan Exhibition of Rhode Island Furniture," Antiques 87, no. 5 (May 1965): 568, fig. 12.
Michael Moses, Master Craftsmen of Newport: The Townsends and Goddards (Tenafly, N.J.: MMI Americana Press, 1984), 182, fig. 3.101, 3.101a–b.
Sotheby's, New York, The Exceptional Lieutenant Colonel Oliver Arnold Mahogany High Chest, sale cat. (January 21, 2012), 13–14, fig. 6.
Erik Gronning and Amy Coes, "The Early Work of John Townsend in the Christopher Townsend Shop Tradition," American Furniture (2013): 12–13, fig. 16–28.