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Object number

RIF2504

Maker

Maker Unknown
Maker formerly attributed John Townsend, American, 1732–1809

Dimensions

68.58 x 208.28 x 58.42 cm (27 x 82 x 23 in.)

Date

1780–1800

Current location

Wunsch Americana Foundation, Inc.

Geography

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

Medium

Mahogany

Marks

None

Inscriptions

None

Style

Chippendale

Provenance

Israel Sack, Inc., New York, 1958 and 1989. Bertram D. Coleman (1919–1976) Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; by descent to his wife, Mrs. Bertram D. Coleman (née Trishie Pratt), before 1998; consigned to Christie's, New York, January 16, 1998, lot 247; sold to Bridget and Alfred F. Ritter, Jr., Virginia Beach, Virginia; sold to the Wunsch Americana Foundation, New York

Associated names

Israel Sack, Inc.
Bertram D. Coleman
Mrs. Bertram D. Coleman
Christie's
Mr. Alfred F. Ritter, Jr.
Bridget Ritter

Construction

The single-board, oblong, rectangular top has a molded edge and is secured to its frame by one screw pocket in each of its four rails, and by six horizontal, chamfered glue blocks, two each on the long rails and one (newer) block each, on the short rails. The straight rails have integral knee brackets and similarly configured skirts. The rails are each tenoned and wood-pinned (twice) to the square legs, which are stop-fluted on their outside faces only. The fluting is laid out by the means of multiple scribe lines. Examined by P.E. Kane, September 8, 2003; notes compiled by T.B. Lloyd.

Bibliography

American Antiques from Israel Sack Collection, 10 vols. (Washington, D.C.: Highland House Publishers, 1957–1989), vol. 1, p. 24, no. 84, ill.
Christie's, New York, The Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Bertram D. Coleman, sale cat. (January 16, 1998), 86, lot 247, ill.
John T. Kirk, American Furniture: Understanding Styles, Construction, and Quality (New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 2000), 151–152, fig. 184, 185.