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Kettle stand

Object number



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


30 9 3/4 9 3/4 in. (76.2 24.765 24.765 cm)



Current location

Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library


Made in Newport, Rhode Island
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Probably Colonel John Cooke (1744–1812), Middletown, Rhode Island. Philip Flayderman, Boston; consigned by his estate to American Art Association, Anderson Galleries, Inc., New York, January 2–4, 1930, lot 473; sold to Henry Francis du Pont (1880–1969), Winterthur, Delaware; given to Winterthur Museum, Delaware

Associated names

Philip Flayderman
American Art Association
Colonel John Cooke
Henry Francis du Pont


"The pierced gallery, dovetailed at the corners and mitered on the upper edge, has an incised double bead on the upper edge of each side. The gallery is let into a dado cut in the top board. The top board, cut with a filtered torus molding on all sides, extends over a crosshatch frieze that functions as the frame. The three-piece block, mitered on the back corners, is cut diagonally, paralleling the crosshatch ornament to form a pull-out shelf dished to hold a teapot or saucer. The shaped solid base is attached through the frieze to the top board with screws. The top of the fluted and swirl-reeded pillar is tenoned to the top and to the platform base. The thumbnail-molded panels on the sides of the platform are cut from solid wood. The legs are dovetailed into the platform from below, the joints reinforced by a triangular iron plate held with screws." Source: Nancy E. Richards and Nancy Goyne Evans, New England Furniture at Winterthur (Winterthur, Del.: Winterthur Publications, 1997), 287.

See also


"American Art Association-Anderson Galleries, Inc., advertisement," Antiques 16, no. 6 (December 1929): 452, ill.
Michael Moses, Master Craftsmen of Newport: The Townsends and Goddards (Tenafly, N.J.: MMI Americana Press, 1984), 158, fig. 3.81.
Peter Mooz, "The Origins of Newport Block-Front Furniture Design," Antiques 99, no. 6 (June 1971): 883, fig. 3.
Joseph Downs, American Furniture: Queen Anne and Chippendale Periods in the Henry Francis DuPont Winterthur Museum (New York: MacMillan Company, 1952), n.p., no. 288, ill.
Nancy E. Richards and Nancy Goyne Evans, New England Furniture at Winterthur: Queen Anne and Chippendale Periods (Winterthur, Del.: Winterthur Publications, 1997), 287–288, no. 150, ill.
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), 222–223, lot 473, ill.
James Smith, "The Henry Francis du Pont Winterthur Museum," Antiques 113, no. 6 (June 1978): 1288, ill.
"Furniture Items from the Year's Sales," Antiques 17, no. 4 (April 1930): 330, fig. 4.
Carol Bohdan, "Cabriole Legs: Graceful Curves Hold Sway Over Eighteenth-Century Design," Fine Woodworking 18 (September/October 1979): 78, ill.
Elizabeth Stillinger, The Antiques Guide to Decorative Arts in America, 1600–1875 (New York: E. P. Dutton, 1972), 160, ill.
Oscar P. Fitzgerald, Three Centuries of American Furniture (Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice Hall, 1982), 59, fig. IV-4.
John A. H. Sweeney, Winterthur Illustrated (New York: Chanticleer Press, 1963), 55, ill.
Oscar P. Fitzgerald, American Furniture: 1650 to the Present (Lanham, Md.: The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, Inc., 2018), 60–61, fig. 4.4.