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From: Gronning and Coes, "The Early Work of John Townsend in the Christopher Townsend Shop Tradition,"American Furniture(2013):10
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Side table


Object number

RIF408

Maker

Maker attributed John Goddard, 1723/24–1785

Dimensions

76.2 x 127 x 63.5 cm (30 x 50 x 25 in.)

Date

1750–1765

Current location

Redwood Library and Athenaeum, Newport, Rhode Island

Geography

Made in Newport, Rhode Island
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Medium

Mahogany (primary); pine and maple (secondary)

Marks

Unknown

Inscriptions

Unknown

Style

Chippendale

Provenance

Originally made for Abraham Redwoord (1709–1788), Newport, Rhode Island; sold to Dr. David King (1812–1882), Newport, Rhode Island; by descent to his granddaughter Mrs. E. Maitland Armstrong (née Gwendolyn King, 1876–1968), Newport, Rhode Island, by 1954; given to the Redwood Library and Athenaeum, Newport, Rhode Island, by 1984

Associated names

Abraham Redwood
Dr. David King
Mrs. E. Maitland Armstrong
Preservation Society of Newport County

Notes

This table has been extensively reworked. The drawers are later additions, and the original top was probably marble. Source: Erik Gronning and Amy Coes, "The Early Work of John Townsend in the Christopher Townsend Shop Tradition," American Furniture (2013): 10, fig. 14.

Bibliography

Joseph Downs, "The Furniture of Goddard and Townsend," Antiques 52, no. 6 (December 1947): 428, fig. 3.
Ralph E. Carpenter, Jr., The Arts and Crafts of Newport, Rhode Island, 1640–1820 (Newport, R.I.: Preservation Society of Newport County, 1954), 101, 210, no. 73, ill.
Peter Mooz, "The Origins of Newport Block-Front Furniture Design," Antiques 99, no. 6 (June 1971): 886, fig. 10.
Michael Moses, Master Craftsmen of Newport: The Townsends and Goddards (Tenafly, N.J.: MMI Americana Press, 1984), 214–215, 243, 244, fig. 5.30, 5.30a–b.
Philip Zea, "The Serpentine Furniture of Colonial Newport," American Furniture (1999): 266–267, fig. 24.
Erik Gronning and Amy Coes, "The Early Work of John Townsend in the Christopher Townsend Shop Tradition," American Furniture (2013): 9–11, fig. 14.
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), 221n1, 227n6.