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High chest of drawers

Object number



Maker, formerly attributed to John Townsend, American, 1732/33–1809
Maker Unknown


87 1/2 39 1/4 21 1/2 in. (222.25 99.695 54.61 cm)



Current location



Made in Newport, Rhode Island
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Walnut (primary); yellow poplar and chestnut (secondary)


Harry Arons (1891–1967), Ansonia and later Bridgeport, Connecticut. Dr. C. Ray Franklin (died 1985), Mahopac, New York, by 1948; consigned to Christie's, New York, October 13, 1984, lot 463. John Walton, Inc., Griswold and Jewett City, Connecticut. Sotheby's, New York, October 14, 1989, lot 331. Bernard and S. Dean Levy, Inc., New York, 1990 and 1998

Associated names

Harry Arons
Dr. C. Ray Franklin
Bernard and S. Dean Levy, Inc.
John S. Walton, Inc.


"Bernard and S. Dean Levy, Inc., advertisement," Antiques 139, no. 5 (May 1991): 881, ill.
Bernard and S. Dean Levy, Inc., Gallery Catalogue (New York: Bernard and S. Dean Levy, Inc., 1974–2020), vol. 7, p. 55; vol. 10, p. 7, ill.
Christie's, New York, Highly Important American Furniture from the Collection of Dr. C. Ray Franklin, sale cat. (October 13, 1984), 118–19, lot 463, ill.
Sotheby's, New York, Important American Furniture and Folk Art: Including Hudson River Paintings from the Collection of Maitland Lee Griggs, sale cat. (October 14, 1989), lot 331, ill.