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Pembroke table


Object number

RIF4228

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

26 1/2 x 19 1/2 x 26 1/2 in. (67.31 x 49.53 x 67.31 cm)

Date

1785–1790

Current location

Colonial Society of Massachusetts, Boston

Geography

Made in Newport, Rhode Island
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Medium

Mahogany

Marks

Unknown

Inscriptions

Unknown

Style

Chippendale

Provenance

William Ellery (1727–1820), Newport, Rhode Island; by descent to his daughter Mrs. William Channing (née Lucy Ellery), Newport, Rhode Island; by descent to her son William Ellery Channing (1780–1842, Boston); to the Colonial Society of Massachusetts, Boston, as part of the William Ellery Channing Memorial

Associated names

William Ellery
Lucy Ellery Channing
William Ellery Channing

Construction

The exterior of this table and RIF1401 are virtually indistinguishable. Both belonged to the same first owner, who must have immediately commissioned an inexpensive copy of this costly labeled John Townsend original. The undersides of the tables could not, however, be more different. The copyist used none of Townsend's signature construction features, such as cross-braces on the frame and pierced brackets tenoned into the leg and rail. Source: Heckscher, Morrison H. John Townsend: Newport Cabinetmaker (New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2005): 192, fig. 66.

See also


Bibliography

Morrison H. Heckscher, John Townsend: Newport Cabinetmaker, exh. cat. (New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 2005), 192, fig. 66.
Morrison H. Heckscher, "Newport in New York," Antiques and Fine Art 6 (Summer 2005): 137, fig. 5.
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), 379n12.