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From: Morrison H. Heckscher, John Townsend, Newport Cabinetmaker (New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2005), 161, cat. no. 39
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Desk and bookcase


Object number

RIF1410

Maker

Maker attributed John Townsend, American, 1732–1809

Dimensions

Overall: 248.921 x 101.6 x 57.15cm (98 x 40 x 22 1/2in.)

Date

1760–1770

Current location

Private collection

Geography

Made in Newport, Rhode Island
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Medium

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

Inscriptions

"A, B, C, D" in chalk on the outside backboards of large drawers, beginning at the top

Style

Chippendale

Provenance

Jonathan Nichols (1700–1774), Newport, Rhode Island; by descent to his son Walter Nichols (1748–1823), Newport, Rhode Island; by descent to his son William Stoddard Nichols (1785–1871), Newport, Rhode Island; by descent to his son, Thomas Pitman Nicholas (1816–1897), Newport, Rhode Island; by descent to his son, Othniel Foster Nichols (1845–1908), Brooklyn; by descent to his grandson Foster Nichols Perry (1902–1989), Westerly, Rhode Island, and later Suffield, Connecticut; sold to Israel Sack, Inc., New York, 1972; sold to a private collection

Associated names

Jonathan Nichols
William Stoddard Nichols
Thomas Pitman Nichols
Othniel Foster Nichols
Foster Nichols Perry
Israel Sack, Inc.

Bibliography

American Antiques from Israel Sack Collection, 10 vols. (Washington, D.C.: Highland House Publishers, 1957–1989), vol. 4, pp. 915–917, no. P3555, ill.; vol. 8, p. 2145, ill.
"Israel Sack, Inc., advertisement," Antiques 102, no. 1 (July 1972): inside cover, ill.
Michael Moses, Master Craftsmen of Newport: The Townsends and Goddards (Tenafly, N.J.: MMI Americana Press, 1984), 173–174, fig. 3.96, 3.96a, 3.96b.
Albert Sack, The New Fine Points of Furniture: Early American (New York: Crown Publishers, 1993), 167, Masterpiece, ill.
Morrison H. Heckscher, John Townsend: Newport Cabinetmaker, exh. cat. (New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 2005), 134–35, no. 29, ill.