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From: Daniel Kurt Ackermann, "Acceptance and Assimilation: Jewish Life in Colonial Newport and Savannah," Antiques 183, no. 1 (January/February 2016): 201, fig. 9.
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Bureau table


Object number

RIF342

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

83.82 x 97.155 x 48.26 cm (33 x 38 1/4 x 19 in.)

Date

1760–1785

Current location

Private collection

Geography

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

Medium

Mahogany (primary); cottonwood [?] (drawer linings, battens, and bottom board); cedar (bottom of frieze drawer, back boards); pine (drawer dividers, sides of cupboard, drawer supports for lower drawers, original blocks on feet); chestnut (blocks on front feet)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

“2,” “3,” “4,” and “5,” in graphite, on drawer dividers; “2,” “3,” and “6” (maybe other numbers), in chalk, on interior drawer backs of small drawers; "This piece of furniture [illegible] / [illegible] from Mr. / Lopez of Newport to my / father's mother given to / me by my Aunts [illegible and torn] / to [illegible] / [illegible]," in ink, on a paper label on interior bottom of one small drawer

Style

Chippendale

Provenance

Mr. Lopez, Newport, Rhode Island, before 1803; given to his daughter, Mrs. Isaac Minis (née Dinah Lopez, 1780–unknown), Savannah, Georgia, 1803; by descent to her daughters, Cecilia Minis (1832–1887) and Frances Minis (1823–1915); by descent to their neice, Maria Minis (1853–1941), 1915; by descent to her nephew, A. Minis, Jr., 1941; Christie's, New York, June 2, 1983, 142, lot 353; sold to David Stockwell, Greenville, Delaware

Associated names

Lopez Family
Dinah Minis
Isaac Minis
Cecilia Minis
Frances Minis
Maria Minis
Christie's
David Stockwell

Bibliography

Mrs. Charlton Theus, "Furniture in Savannah," Antiques 91, no. 3 (March 1967): 368, ill.
"Christie's advertisement," Antiques 123, no. 5 (May 1983): 927, ill.
Christie's, New York, Important American Furniture, Silver, and Decorative Arts, sale cat. (June 2, 1983), 142–143, lot 353.
Michael Moses, Master Craftsmen of Newport: The Townsends and Goddards (Tenafly, N.J.: MMI Americana Press, 1984), 95, 130, fig. 3.56.
Daniel Kurt Ackermann, "Acceptance and Assimilation: Jewish Life in Colonial Newport and Savannah," Antiques 183, no. 1 (January/February 2016): 199, 201, fig. 9.