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Fire screen


Object number

RIF144

Maker

Maker possibly by John Townsend, American, 1732–1809

Dimensions

139.7 x 49.53 x 42.545 cm (55 x 19 1/2 x 16 3/4 in.)

Date

1760–1775

Current location

Private collection

Geography

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

Medium

Mahogany

Marks

None

Inscriptions

None

Style

Chippendale

Provenance

Governor Joseph Wanton (1705–1780), Newport, Rhode Island. Hathaway family, New Bedford, Massachusetts, before 1960; sold to Harry Arons Antiques, Ansonia, Connecticut, about 1960; sold to Israel Sack, Inc., New York; sold to Lansdell K. Christie (1903–1965), Syosset, New York; by descent to his wife, Helen L. Grauwiller Christie (died 1992); consigned to Sotheby Parke Bernet, Inc., New York, October 21, 1972, lot 48; sold to Israel Sack, Inc., New York 1972

Associated names

Harry Arons Antiques, Inc.
Israel Sack, Inc.
Governor Joseph Wanton
Hathaway Family
Lansdell K. Christie
Mrs. Lansdell K. Christie
Sotheby Parke Bernet

Bibliography

Joseph K. Ott, The John Brown House Loan Exhibition of Rhode Island Furniture, exh. cat. (Providence: The Rhode Island Historical Society, 1965), 140–141, 171, no. 93, fig. 93.
Joseph K. Ott, "The John Brown House Loan Exhibition of Rhode Island Furniture," Antiques 87, no. 5 (May 1965): 570, fig. 16.
Sotheby Parke Bernet, New York, The Lansdell K. Christie Collection of Notable American Furniture, sale cat. (October 21, 1972), 70–71, lot 48, ill.
Michael Moses, Master Craftsmen of Newport: The Townsends and Goddards (Tenafly, N.J.: MMI Americana Press, 1984), 240, fig. 5.27.
Wendy A. Cooper, "The Kaufman Collection," Antiques 179, no. 3 (May–June 2012): 114, fig. 10.