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Bureau table


Object number

RIF107

Maker

Maker James Goddard, Jr., born 1752
Maker formerly attributed Edmund Townsend, 1736/7 - 1811

Dimensions

83.82 x 92.71 x 49.53 cm (33 x 36 1/2 x 19 1/2 in.)

Date

1775–1785

Current location

Private collection

Geography

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

Medium

Mahogany (primary); mahogany (shelves and bottom of cupboard); cedar (drawer linings and case back boards); yellow poplar (sides and backs of small drawers, dust board, backings of drawer dividers, kick bars, drawer stops, and drawer supports); pine (bottoms of small drawers, blocks at case front, and vertical blocks of feet); chestnut (sub-top, sides of cupboard, brackets of rear feet, and horizontal blocks of feet)

Marks

"James Goddard," in graphite, on interior bottom of proper right lower drawer

Inscriptions

Illegible chalk [1?], on interior back of upper drawer; “1,” in graphite, on interior back and bottom of proper-right upper drawer; “2,” in graphite, on proper-right interior side [at front] of proper-right upper drawer; illegible graphite, on proper-left interior side [at front] of proper-right upper drawer; “2,” in graphite, on interior back, bottom, and sides of proper-right middle drawer; illegible graphite, on interior bottom of proper-right middle drawer; “3,” in graphite, on interior back and sides [at front corners] of proper-right lower drawer; “4,” in graphite, on interior back and sides [at front] of proper-left upper drawer; “5,” in graphite, on interior back, bottom, and sides [at front] of proper-left middle drawer; “6,” in graphite, on interior back and sides [at front] of proper-left lower drawer; “1” through “6,” in graphite, on tops of drawer dividers [proper-right top to proper-left bottom]

Style

Chippendale

Provenance

Ruth Gibbs (1748–1824) and Samuel Whitehorne (1744–1796), Newport, Rhode Island; by descent to their son Samuel Whitehorne, Jr. (1779–1844), Newport, Rhode Island, by descent to his daughter, Mrs. William H. C. Bartlett (née Harriet Whitehorne, 1812–1901 or 1903), Pennsylvania, and New York, and her husband, Professor William H. C. Bartlett (1804–1893). Mrs. Margaret Rambout, Wyckoff, New Jersey. C. W. Lyon, Inc., New York; sold to Mr. and Mrs. Norvin H. Green (1893–1955), Tuxedo Park, New York, and Phoenix; consigned to Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, November 29–30, December 1–2, 1950, lot 663; sold to Jess Pavey, Birmingham, Michigan; sold to Mr. and Mrs. Adolph Henry Meyer, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, 1950; consigned to Sotheby's, New York, January 20, 1996, lot 48. Leigh Keno American Antiuqes, New York. Private collection, 2014

Associated names

Samuel Whitehorne
Ruth Gibbs Whitehorne
Samuel Whitehorne, Jr.
Harriet Bartlett
Professor William H. C. Bartlett
Margaret Rambout
C. W. Lyon, Inc.
Norvin H. Green
Parke-Bernet Galleries, Inc.
Jess S. Pavey
Adolph Henry Meyer
Sotheby's
Leigh Keno American Antiques

See also


Bibliography

Thomas H. Ormsbee, "Antique Furniture with Double Uses," American Collector 12, no.1 (February 1943): 12, ill.
"The Editor's Attic: Americana Event," Antiques 58, no. 6 (December 1950): 490, 493, 495 ,497, 499, 501, 502–503, 505, 507, 509, ill.
Parke-Bernet Galleries, Inc., New York, The Notable American Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Norvin H. Green, sale cat. (November 29–December 2, 1950), 208, lot 663, ill.
F. Lewis Hinckley, A Directory of Antique Furniture: The Authentic Classification of European and American Designs for Professionals & Connoisseurs (New York: Crown Publishers, 1953), fig. 1068.
Ralph E. Carpenter, Jr., The Arts and Crafts of Newport, Rhode Island, 1640–1820 (Newport, R.I.: Preservation Society of Newport County, 1954), 64, no. 38, detail, 203, Supplement 38, ill.
"Midwest Collector's Choice," Antiques 79, no. 5 (May 1961): 476, ill.
Wendell D. Garrett, "Speculations on the Rhode Island Block-Front in 1928," Antiques 99, no. 6 (June 1971): 891, ill.
Sotheby's, New York, Important Americana: The Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Adolph Henry Meyer, sale cat. (January 20, 1996), lot 48, ill.
John T. Kirk, American Furniture: Understanding Styles, Construction, and Quality (New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 2000), 154–157, fig. 188.
Luke Beckerdite, "The Early Furniture of Christopher and Job Townsend," American Furniture (2000): 27, fig. 45.
Sotheby's, New York, Property of the Goddard Family, sale cat. (January 22, 2005), 43, fig. 15.
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), 281–284, 447, no. 52, fig. 1–2, 6.