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Kettle stand


Object number

RIF1043

Maker

Maker: possibly John Townsend, American, 1732–1809

Dimensions

73.978 x 21.273 x 21.273 cm (29 1/8 x 8 3/8 x 8 3/8 in.)

Date

1770–1790

Current location

Unknown

Geography

Made in Newport, Rhode Island
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Medium

Mahogany

Marks

None

Inscriptions

None

Style

Chippendale

Provenance

John S. Walton, Inc., New York, 1974; sold to Ann Holzer (1917–1999) and Philip Holzer (1919–2011), Great Neck, New York; consigned to Sotheby's, New York, January 20–21, 2012, lot 232

Associated names

John S. Walton, Inc.
Ann Holzer
Philip Holzer

Construction

Atop a turned vasiform pedestal is a small rectangular platform, on which sit a frieze with diagonal incised lines and an openwork fretwork railing. At the corners of the railing are finely cut dovetail joints. The frieze contains a slide, fitted with a half-round finger pull and an elliptical reserve. A shallow inverted quadrilateral pyramid is secured to the underside of the platform with six screws. At the center of the pyramid is a rectangular surface into which the pedestal is set. Its base is an incurvate triangle with thumbmolded vertical panels and chamfered skirts. An iron incurvate triangle fixed with six screws to the underside of the pedestal base covers the joints between it and the flat-sided and flat-bottomed cabriole legs, which end in shod snake feet. Examined by P. E. Kane, May 18, 2009; notes compiled by T. B. Lloyd

See also


Bibliography

Philip Holzer, Philip and Ann Holzer Collection (n.p.: privately printed, 1990), 12–13, no. 5, fig. 5.1–5.3.
Sotheby's, New York, Important Americana: Furniture, Folk Art, Silver, Porcelain, Prints, and Carpets, sale cat. (January 20–21, 2012), 166, lot 232.