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From: Robert F. Trent, "New Insights on Early Rhode Island Furniture," American Furniture (1999): 218
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Table (subdivided as a pair)


Object number

RIF1213

Maker

Maker Unknown
Maker, possibly by Christopher Townsend, 1701?1787

Dimensions

28 1/2 42 35 3/4 in. (72.39 106.68 90.805 cm)

Date

1739–49

Current location

State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations

Geography

Made in Newport, Rhode Island
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Medium

Possibly ash (primary); white pine (later addition of two legs, stretcher, and rail)

Marks

Unknown

Inscriptions

Unknown

Style

Jacobean

Provenance

Old Colony House, Newport, Rhode Island, since at least 1739

Notes

The tables were originally one large table with four legs. In the early nineteenth century they were made into two tables by cutting the original table in half and adding a new pair of legs to each half. The tables retain traces of blue paint.

Bibliography

Robert F. Trent, "New Insights on Early Rhode Island Furniture," American Furniture (1999): 218–219, fig. 16–17.
Luke Beckerdite, "The Early Furniture of Christopher and Job Townsend," American Furniture (2000): 4, 7, fig. 10–11.
Patricia E. Kane et al., Art and Industry in Early America: Rhode Island Furniture, 1650–1830, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2016), 38, 58n5.