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High-post bed


Object number

RIF985

Maker

Maker attributed John Townsend, American, 1732–1809

Dimensions

217.17 x 146.685 x 194.31cm (85 1/2 x 57 3/4 x 76 1/2in.)

Date

1765–1785

Current location

Newport Restoration Foundation, Rhode Island

Geography

Made in Newport, Rhode Island
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Medium

Mahogany

Style

Chippendale

Provenance

Probably John Townsend (1732–1809), Newport, Rhode Island; by descent to his daughter Mrs. Thomas Brinley (née Mary Townsend, 1769–1856), Newport, 1809; by descent to her nephew and heir, Christopher Townsend (died 1881), Newport, 1856; by descent to his sister, Ellen F. Townsend (1880–1887), Newport, 1881; bequeathed by her to her friend, William P. Sheffield (1819–1907), Newport, 1886; by descent to his son, William P. Sheffield (1857–1919); by descent to his sister-in-law, Mrs. Clark Burdick (née Elizabeth E. Peckham, died 1947) Middleton, Rhode Island, until 1937. Lilian S. Leonard; Israel Sack, Inc., New York; sold to Cornelius Moore (1885–1970), Newport; consigned by his estate to Parke-Bernet Galleries, Inc., New York, October 30, 1971, lot 148; sold to Doris Duke (1912–1993), Newport; bequeathed to the Newport Restoration Foundation, Rhode Island, 1993

Associated names

John Townsend
Mary Townsend Brinley
Christopher Townsend
Ellen F. Townsend
William P. Sheffield
William P. Sheffield
Mrs. Clark Burdick
Lilian S. Leonard
Israel Sack, Inc.
Cornelius C. Moore
Parke-Bernet Galleries, Inc.
Doris Duke

Bibliography

Homer Eaton Keyes, "Two Branches of the Newport Townsends," Antiques 31, no. 6 (June 1937): 308–309, fig. 1.
Parke-Bernet Galleries, Inc., New York, Important American Furniture: Property from the Estate of the Late Cornelius C. Moore, sale cat. (October 30, 1971), 55, lot 148, ill.
Michael Moses, Master Craftsmen of Newport: The Townsends and Goddards (Tenafly, N.J.: MMI Americana Press, 1984), 147, 189, fig. 3.107.
Morrison H. Heckscher, John Townsend: Newport Cabinetmaker, exh. cat. (New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 2005), 103, no. 15, ill.