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From: Morrison H. Heckscher, John Townsend, Newport Cabinetmaker (New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2005), 100, cat. no. 13
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Side chair


Object number

RIF7001

Maker

Maker: attributed to John Townsend, American, 1732–1809

Dimensions

96.838 x 60.96 x 44.45 cm (38 1/8 x 24 x 17 1/2 in.)

Date

1765–1785

Current location

Wunsch Americana Foundation, Inc.

Geography

Made in Newport, Rhode Island
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Medium

Mahogany (primary); chestnut (front corner blocks); pine (rear corner blocks); maple (slip seat frame)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

“VIIII,” incised on rabbet of front rail and on underside of front slip seat rail

Style

Chippendale

Provenance

Teina Baumstone, New York; sold to Ralph E. Carpenter, Jr. (1909–2009), Scarsdale, New York, about 1955; by descent to Roberta Carpenter, Newport, Rhode Island; consigned to Christie's, New York, September 22, 2014, lot 33; sold to Wunsch Americana Foundation, Inc., New York

Associated names

Teina Baumstone
Ralph E. Carpenter, Jr.
Roberta L. Carpenter
Christie's

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Bibliography

Ralph E. Carpenter, Jr., "Discoveries in Newport Furniture and Silver," Antiques 68, no. 1 (July 1955): 45, fig. 2.
James Biddle, American Art from American Collections: Decorative Arts, Paintings, and Prints of the Colonial and Federal Periods from Private Collections, exh. cat. (New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1963), 8, nos.12,13, ill.
Ralph E. Carpenter, Jr., "Mowbra Hall and a Collection of Period Rooms: Part I," Connoisseur 180 (June 1972): 82, 86, fig. 5, 9–10.
Morrison H. Heckscher, John Townsend: Newport Cabinetmaker, exh. cat. (New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 2005), 99–101, no. 13, ill.
Laura Beach, "The Past Is Present in Newport: A Couple's Lifelong Love of Antiques," Antiques and Fine Art 6, no. 2 (Summer 2005): 118–121, ill.
"Christie's Presents Sale of American Furniture, Outsider and Folk Art," Antiques and the Arts Weekly (September 12, 2014), 4, ill.
Lita Solis-Cohen, "Christie's, New York City: American Furniture, Outsider Art, and Folk Art," Maine Antique Digest (December 2014): 32-E, ill.
Christie's New York, New York, Important American Furniture, Outsider, and Folk Art, sale cat. (September 22, 2014), 32–35, lot 33, ill.