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From: Ralph E. Carpenter, The Arts and Crafts of Newport Rhode Island 1640- 1820 (Newport, R.I>: The Preservation Society of Newport County, 1954), 78
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Spinet


Object number

RIF2444

Maker

Maker John Harris

Dimensions

Height: 32 1/2 in. (82.55 cm) Width along rear edge: 73 in. (185.42 cm)

Date

1759–1779

Current location

Unknown

Geography

Made in Boston, Massachusetts, Made in Newport, Rhode Island
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Medium

Mahogany (primary); maple and white pine (secondary)

Marks

"John Harris Boston New England Fecit," painted, on sounding board

Style

Queen Anne

Provenance

Malbone family, Newport, Rhode Island; by descent to Francis and Margaret Malbone, Newport; by descent to their daughter, Mary Malbone (died 1852), and her husband, William Crooke (died 1832), Newport; by descent in his family; sold to Mr. and Mrs. Jess Pavey, Troy, Michigan, before 1954

Associated names

Malbone family
William Crooke
Jess S. Pavey

Notes

The instrument was made in Boston and the stand is thought to have been made in Newport.

Bibliography

Ralph E. Carpenter, Jr., The Arts and Crafts of Newport, Rhode Island, 1640–1820 (Newport, R.I.: Preservation Society of Newport County, 1954), 78, 208, no. 50, ill.