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Slant-front desk


Object number

RIF462

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

110.49 x 97.155 x 55.245 cm (43 1/2 x 38 1/4 x 21 3/4 in.)

Date

1750–1760

Current location

Preservation Society of Newport County

Geography

Made in Newport, Rhode Island
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Medium

Mahogany (primary); yellow poplar (drawer linings, back and bottom boards of case, and board under desk interior); pine(?) (support for lopers)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

"Wm. Earnest Goffe / Please deliver to Wm. E. Goffe the / old mahogany desk that you have belonging to me & / sent to you for repairs. / Wm. E. Goffe pays all repairs. / Chris Townsend, Newport, R.I. 19 May 1860," written in ink on a paper label glued to the exterior side of one of the document drawers; “1” and “2,” in graphite, on exterior bottoms of proper-right and proper-left interior desk drawers; “1,” in graphite, on exterior bottom of one of interior desk drawers flanking prospect door; “1,” in graphite, on proper-left exterior side of document drawer without label

Provenance

Christopher Townsend (died 1881), Newport, Rhode Island, by 1860. John S. Walton, Inc., New York; sold to the Preservation Society of Newport County, Rhode Island, by 1965

Associated names

Christopher Townsend
John S. Walton, Inc.

Bibliography

Joseph K. Ott, The John Brown House Loan Exhibition of Rhode Island Furniture, exh. cat. (Providence: The Rhode Island Historical Society, 1965), 112–113, no. 70, ill.