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Basin stand


Object number

RIF1426

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

Height: 80.963cm (31 7/8in.); Diameter: 27.94 cm (11 in.); Width, feet: 45.085cm (17 3/4in.)

Date

1760–1790

Current location

Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library

Geography

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

Medium

Mahogany

Marks

None

Inscriptions

None

Style

Chippendale

Provenance

Joe Kindig, Jr., York, Pennsylvania; sold to Henry Francis du Pont (1880–1969), Winterthur, Delaware, 1939; bequeathed to Winterthur Museum, Delaware, 1969

Associated names

Joe Kindig, Jr.
Henry Francis du Pont

Construction

"The upper portion consists of three tiers: a molded-edge ring for the wash basin, a disk with three circular cutouts for soap dishes, and a disk dished at the center for the water bottle. The ring, turned from a solid board, has incised double beads on the top surface. Separating the ring from the ovolo-edge disk below are three small, turned pillars round-tenoned to the ring and the disk. The disk is decorated with incised double beads around each opening and around the rim. Three fluted columns are attached with round tenons to the solid, ovolo-edge disk. Turned lignum vitae caps cover the lower end of the tenon. The lower disk has incised double beads around the center depression and the rim. A circular collar is screwed to the underside of the bottom disk. The turned and fluted pillar is round-tenoned into the collar and wood-threaded to the triangular platform and secured with a large old screw. The applied thumbnail molding, cut from solid wood, embellishes the platform sides. The legs are dovetailed into the platform from below, the joints covered individually with metal braces held by rosehead nails." Source: Nancy E. Richards and Nancy Goyne Evans, New England Furniture at Winterthur (Winterthur, Del.: Winterthur Publications, 1997), 290.

Bibliography

Joseph Downs, American Furniture: Queen Anne and Chippendale Periods in the Henry Francis DuPont Winterthur Museum (New York: MacMillan Company, 1952), no. 278, ill.
Helen Comstock, American Furniture: Seventeenth, Eighteenth, and Nineteenth Century Styles (New York: Viking Press, 1962), 173, fig. 352.
Michael Moses, Master Craftsmen of Newport: The Townsends and Goddards (Tenafly, N.J.: MMI Americana Press, 1984), 240, fig. 5.28.
Nancy E. Richards and Nancy Goyne Evans, New England Furniture at Winterthur: Queen Anne and Chippendale Periods (Winterthur, Del.: Winterthur Publications, 1997), 289–290, no. 152, ill.