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Tea table


Object number

RIF1423

Maker

Maker: attributed to John Townsend, American, 1732–1809

Dimensions

Height: 69.215 cm (27 1/4 in.); Width, molding: 87.63 cm (34 1/2 in.); Width, frame: 86.043 cm (33 7/8 in.); Width, feet: 86.36 cm (34 in.); Depth, molding: 52.388 cm (20 5/8 in.) Other (Depth, frame): 52.07cm (20 1/2 in.) Other (Depth, feet): 50.8cm (20 in.)

Date

1785–1790

Current location

Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library

Geography

Made in Newport, Rhode Island
(view a map of Rhode Island)

Medium

Mahogany (primary); soft maple group (original upper cross braces); white pine group (replaced lower cross braces); chestnut (glue blocks)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

“B [later],” in chalk, on underside of top; “X,” in graphite, on underside of top and on one of the upper braces; mathematical figures, in graphite, on underside of top; “M [twice],” in graphite, on underside of top

Style

Chippendale

Provenance

Probably Jabez Bullock (1741–1808) and Mary Bullock (1740–1801), Barrington and Providence, Rhode Island; by descent to their granddaughter Rhoda Peckham Bullock (born 1852), Providence, Rhode Island; by descent to her niece Mrs. Thomas Harris (née Dorothy Arnold, born 1898), Providence, Warwick, Cranston, and Saunderstown, Rhode Island ; sold to Nathan Liverant and Son, Colchester, Connecticut; sold to Israel Sack, Inc., New York, 1958; sold to Winterthur Museum and Country Estate, Delaware, 1958

Associated names

Jabez Bullock
Mary Richmond Bullock
Rhoda Peckham Bullock
Dorothy A Harris
Nathan Liverant and Son
Israel Sack, Inc.

Construction

The table has been refinished. The pierced gallery is repaired in several places. The top board has been reset. The glue blocks holding it in place now are reinforced with screws. One of the upper transverse braces and both bottom braces are replaced. Source: Nancy E. Richards and Nancy Goyne Evans, New England Furniture at Winterthur, (Winterthur, Del.: Winterthur Publications, 1997), 245.

Bibliography

American Antiques from Israel Sack Collection, 10 vols. (Washington, D.C.: Highland House Publishers, 1957–1989), vol. 10, p. 68, fig. 7.
"Israel Sack, Inc., advertisement," Antiques 73, no. 5 (May 1958): inside front cover, ill.
Wendy A. Cooper, In Praise of America: American Decorative Arts, 1650–1830, Fifty Years of Discovery since the 1929 Girl Scouts Loan Exhibition (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1980), 142, fig. 160.
Michael Moses and Liza Moses, "Authenticating John Townsend's Later Tables," Antiques 119, no. 5 (May 1981): 1158, fig. 10, 10a.
Michael Moses, Master Craftsmen of Newport: The Townsends and Goddards (Tenafly, N.J.: MMI Americana Press, 1984), 157, fig. 3.79, 3.79a, 3.7.
Albert Sack, "Regionalism in Early American Tea Tables," Antiques 131, no. 1 (January 1987): 257, fig. 7.
Nancy E. Richards and Nancy Goyne Evans, New England Furniture at Winterthur: Queen Anne and Chippendale Periods (Winterthur, Del.: Winterthur Publications, 1997), 244–245, no. 125, ill.
Morrison H. Heckscher, John Townsend: Newport Cabinetmaker, exh. cat. (New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 2005), 152–53, no. 36, ill.
Patricia E. Kane et al., Art and Industry in Early America: Rhode Island Furniture, 1650–1830, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2016), 3, 377–379, no. 82.