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Maker, formerly attributed to Job Townsend, Sr., 1699–1765
Maker Unknown


Height: 39 5/8 in. (100.648 cm) Height, seat: 14 3/4 in. (37.465 cm) Width, seat: 22 in. (55.88 cm) Depth, seat: 67 1/2 in. (171.45 cm) Width, front feet: 24 in. (60.96 cm) Depth, feet: 70 1/4 in. (178.435 cm)



Current location

The Metropolitan Museum of Art


Made in Newport, Rhode Island
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Maple (primary); maple (secondary); canvas (seat bottom)






Philip Flayderman, Boston; consigned by his estate to American Art Association Anderson Galleries, Inc., New York, January 2–4, 1930, lot 345; sold to Israel Sack, Inc., New York; consigned to American Art Association Anderson Galleries, Inc., New York, January 9, 1932, lot 80. Israel Sack, Inc., New York; sold to Mr. and Mrs. Paul Moore, 1945; given to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1945

Associated names

American Art Association
Philip Flayderman
Israel Sack, Inc.
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Moore


Morrison H. Heckscher, American Furniture in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Late Colonial Period, The Queen Anne and Chippendale Styles (New York: Random House, 1985), 113–14, no. 65, ill.
"American History and American Crafts," Antiques 50, no. 4 (October 1946): 251, fig. 19.
Anderson Galleries and American Art Association, New York, Colonial Furniture, Silver, and Decorations: The Collection of the Late Philip Flayderman, sale cat. (January 2–4, 1930), 100–101, lot 345.
American Art Association and Anderson Galleries, New York, One Hundred Important American Antiques, sale cat. (January 9, 1932), 118–119, lot 85, ill.
Joseph Downs, "Recent Additions to the American Wing," Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin n.s. 4 (October 1945): 67, ill.
Robert Bishop, Centuries and Styles of the American Chair, 1640–1970 (New York: E. P. Dutton and Company, 1972), 82–83, fig. 83.