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Photo: Courtesy The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Va., Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Warren Koontz, G1977-225
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Chest of drawers


Object number

RIF1816

Maker

Maker John Townsend, American, 1732–1809

Dimensions

87.63 x 92.075 x 48.895 cm (34 1/2 x 36 1/4 x 19 1/4 in.)

Date

1790–1799

Current location

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Virginia

Geography

Made in Newport, Rhode Island
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Medium

Mahogany (primary); chestnut (backboards, drawer supports, backings for drawer dividers, drawer stops, glue blocks at the joint of the top and front rail); yellow poplar (drawer linings, bottom board); maple (battens, backing of bottom rail)

Marks

"MADE BY/JOHN TOWNSEND /NEWPORT 179?" printed on a paper label glued centered inside the top drawer bottom.

Inscriptions

"A" in graphite in center of the underside of the bottom board.

Style

Chippendale

Provenance

John S. Walton, New York, 1958; sold to Dr. and Mrs. Warren W. Koontz; given to the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Virginia, 1977

Associated names

Dr. and Mrs. Warren Koontz
John S. Walton

See also


Bibliography

Morrison H. Heckscher, "John Townsend's Block-and-Shell Furniture," Antiques 121, no. 5 (May 1982): 1146, fig. 5.
Michael Moses, Master Craftsmen of Newport: The Townsends and Goddards (Tenafly, N.J.: MMI Americana Press, 1984), 136, p. 209, pl. 13, fig. 3.9, 3.54, 3.55,.
"The New DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Gallery at Colonial Williamsburg," Antiques 128, no. 2 (August 1985): 269, ill.
Christie's, New York, Important American Furniture, Silver, Folk Art, and Decorative Arts: Including the Block and Shell Carved Chest of Drawers Made by John Townsend, sale cat. (June 18, 1998), 91, under lot 151, fig. 10, 10a.
Mack Headley, "Eighteenth-Century Cabinet Shops and the Furniture-Making Trades in Newport, Rhode Island," American Furniture (1999): 29, fig. 12.
Morrison H. Heckscher, John Townsend: Newport Cabinetmaker, exh. cat. (New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 2005), 118–19, no. 20, 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), 453.