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Pembroke table


Object number

RIF1138

Maker

Maker attributed John Townsend, American, 1732–1809

Dimensions

70.485 x 99.06 x 79.058 cm (27 3/4 x 39 x 31 1/8 in.)

Date

1790–1800

Current location

Newport Restoration Foundation, Rhode Island

Geography

Made in Newport, Rhode Island
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Medium

Mahogany, mahogany veneer (primary); mahogany, maple, chestnut, and white pine (secondary)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

"X," in chalk, on interior of drawer support

Style

Federal

Provenance

Probably John Townsend (1732–1809), Newport, Rhode Island; by descent to his daughter, Mrs. Thomas Brinley (nče Mary Townsend, 1769–1809), Newport, 1809; by descent to her nephew and heir, Christopher Townsend (died 1881), Newport, 1856; by descent to his sister, Ellen F. Townsend (1809–1887), 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), Newport; by descent to his son, Samuel S. Sheffield, Cincinnati, Ohio, until 1937. The Newport Restoration Foundation, Rhode Island, 1999

Associated names

John Townsend
Mary Townsend Brinley
Christopher Townsend
Ellen F. Townsend
William P. Sheffield
William P. Sheffield
S. S. Sheffield

Bibliography

Homer Eaton Keyes, "Two Branches of the Newport Townsends," Antiques 31, no. 6 (June 1937): 309, fig. 5.
Morrison H. Heckscher, John Townsend: Newport Cabinetmaker, exh. cat. (New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 2005), 180, no. 47, ill.