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High chest of drawers

Object number



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


82 40 1/4 21 in. (208.28 102.235 53.34 cm)



Current location



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


Elisha Dyer (1770–1845) Providence, Rhode Island; by descent in his family to Elisha Dyer, Jr., Washington, Connecticut

Associated names

Elisha Dyer, Jr.
Elisha Dyer


Michael Moses, Master Craftsmen of Newport: The Townsends and Goddards (Tenafly, N.J.: MMI Americana Press, 1984), 145, 180–181, fig. 3.100, 3.100a-b.
Joseph K. Ott, The John Brown House Loan Exhibition of Rhode Island Furniture, exh. cat. (Providence: The Rhode Island Historical Society, 1965), 92–93, no. 60, ill.
Morrison H. Heckscher, "John Townsend's Block-and-Shell Furniture," Antiques 121, no. 5 (May 1982): 1152, fig. 22.
James Biddle, American Art from American Collections: Decorative Arts, Paintings, and Prints of the Colonial and Federal Periods from Private Collections, exh. cat. (New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1963), 30, no. 56, ill.
James Biddle, "American Art from American Collections," Antiques 83, no. 3 (March 1963): 312, fig. 8.
Clifford P. Monahon, "John Brown House Exhibition of Rhode Island Furniture," Rhode Island History 24, no. 2 (April 1965): cover, ill.