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High-post bed

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


85 1/2 × 57 3/4 × 76 1/2 in. (217.17 × 146.685 × 194.31 cm)



Current location

Newport Restoration Foundation, Rhode Island


Made in Newport, Rhode Island
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Probably John Townsend (1732–1809), Newport, Rhode Island; by descent to his daughter Mrs. Thomas Brinley (née Mary Townsend, 1769–1856), Newport, Rhode Island, 1809; by descent to her nephew and heir, Christopher Townsend (died 1881), Newport, Rhode Island, 1856; by descent to his sister, Ellen F. Townsend (1880–1887), Newport, Rhode Island, 1881; bequeathed by her to her friend, William P. Sheffield (1819–1907), Newport, Rhode Island, 1886; by descent to his son, William P. Sheffield (1857–1919); by descent to his sister-in-law, Mrs. Clark Burdick (née Elizabeth E. Peckham, died 1947) Middleton, Rhode Island, until 1937. Lilian S. Leonard; Israel Sack, Inc., New York; sold to Cornelius Moore (1885–1970), Newport, Rhode Island; consigned by his estate to Parke-Bernet Galleries, Inc., New York, October 30, 1971, lot 148; sold to Doris Duke (1912–1993) for Newport Restoration Foundation, Rhode Island, 1971; Whitehorne House Museum, Newport Restoration Foundation, Rhode Island, from 1974

Associated names

John Townsend
Mary Townsend Brinley
Christopher Townsend
Ellen F. Townsend
William P. Sheffield
Israel Sack, Inc.
Mrs. Clark Burdick
William P. Sheffield
Lilian S. Leonard
Doris Duke
Parke-Bernet Galleries, Inc.
Cornelius C. Moore


Michael Moses, Master Craftsmen of Newport: The Townsends and Goddards (Tenafly, N.J.: MMI Americana Press, 1984), 147, 189, fig. 3.107.
Morrison H. Heckscher, John Townsend: Newport Cabinetmaker, exh. cat. (New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2005), 103, no. 15, ill.
Homer Eaton Keyes, "Two Branches of the Newport Townsends," Antiques 31, no. 6 (June 1937): 308–309, fig. 1.
Parke-Bernet Galleries, Inc., New York, Important American Furniture: Property from the Estate of the Late Cornelius C. Moore, sale cat. (October 30, 1971), 55, lot 148, ill.