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From: Morrison H. Heckscher, John Townsend, Newport Cabinetmaker (New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2005), 149, cat. no. 34
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Pembroke table

Object number



Maker John Townsend, American, 1732/33–1809


Height: 26 1/4 in. (66.675 cm) Width open: 36 3/4 in. (93.345 cm) Depth: 34 1/2 in. (87.63 cm)



Current location

Private Collection


Made in Newport, Rhode Island
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Mahogany (primary); maple (stationary and hinged rails and battens); chestnut (drawer bottom, drawer supports, and blocks); yellow poplar (drawer sides)


"[MA]DE BY / JOH[N] [TOWNS]EN[D]," printed in ink, on a paper label glued on inside bottom board of drawer




Christie's, New York, October 8, 1998, lot 54; sold to a private collection, Norfolk, Virginia

Associated names



The top is fastened to the frame by screws through three battens that are dovetailed to the tops of the stationary rails and by glue blocks?two along each side and the rear rail. The stationary rails are nailed to the hinged rails with rosehead nails. The teeth of the hinges are rounded. The leaf supports have a slanted edge; the fixed part of the hinged rails has a finger space scooped out of the edge near the leaf support. The medial support for the drawer is fastened with nails to the two battens that are dovetailed to the loser edge of the stationary rail. The side drawer supports are nailed to the stationary rails and are fitted around the vertical corner blocks at the junction of the front legs and rail. A kick board to keep the drawer from tipping when it is open abuts the front rail and laps and is nailed to two of the battens below the top. The drawer front is fastened to the drawer sides with half key dovetails at the top and bottom and two full dovetails between. The drawer front is rabbeted for the drawer bottom, which is nailed to the undersides of all four sides. The top edges of the drawer sides are flush with the drawer front and are slightly rounded. The corner brackets are tenoned into the legs. The undersides of the leaves are scored with a toothing plane. Examined by P. E. Kane, September 8, 2003.

See also


Morrison H. Heckscher, John Townsend: Newport Cabinetmaker, exh. cat. (New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2005), 149, no. 34, ill.
Christie's, New York, Important American Furniture, Folk Art, and Decorative Arts, sale cat. (October 8, 1998), 50–52, lot 54, ill.
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), 379nn3, 12.