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High chest of drawers

Object number



Maker, formerly attributed to Christopher Townsend, 1701–1787
Maker Unknown


68 1/4 38 20 1/4 in. (173.355 96.52 51.435 cm)



Current location



Made in Newport, Rhode Island
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Mahogany (primary); chestnut and white pine (secondary)






Duncan A. Hazard (1875–1939), Newport, Rhode Island; by descent in the Hazard family, Rhode Island. Bernard and S. Dean Levy, Inc., New York, before 1984 and in 1986 and 2003. Garth's Auctions, Inc., Delaware, Ohio, November 24, 2017, lot 504. Bernard and S. Dean Levy, Inc., New York, 2020

Associated names

Bernard and S. Dean Levy, Inc.
Hazard Family
Garth's Auctions, Inc.
Duncan A. Hazard


The upper-case back consists of three half-lapped boards, chamfered at the sides, where they are fixed with rosehead and other nails into rabbets in the single-board case sides. The drawer dividers meet the single-board upper-case sides in half-blind dovetail joints. The lipped, thumb-molded, graduated drawer-fronts of the upper case meet their slightly shorter, arch-topped sides in dovetail joints having finely cut, narrow-necked pins with half-pins above and half-pins with grooves below. The full-width drawer bottoms, parallel to the fronts, have applied runners. In the lower case, the upper drawer is constructed similarly; the lower small-drawer bottoms are perpendicular to the fronts, where they are set into rabbets. The single-board, straight-skirted, lower-case back meets its single-board, scallop-skirted sides in dovetail joints having thick-necked pins of slightly varying configuration. The cabriole legs, of the "detachable" sort, are angular in front and back, with rounded ankles and slipper feet. The knees of the rear legs project beyond the case back. Photographs courtesy of Garth?s Auctions, Delaware, Ohio; notes compiled by T.B. Lloyd


Michael Moses, Master Craftsmen of Newport: The Townsends and Goddards (Tenafly, N.J.: MMI Americana Press, 1984), 37, fig. 1.20.
Bernard and S. Dean Levy, Inc., Gallery Catalogue (New York: Bernard and S. Dean Levy, Inc., 1974–2020), vol. 5, p. 25; vol. 13, p. 7.
"Garth's Auction, Sale 1170, Lot 504, Rhode Island Queen Anne High Chest Attributed to Christopher Townsend," (accessed November 20, 2017), web site.
Don Johnson, "57th Annual Thanksgiving Americana Auction," Maine Antique Digest (March 2018): 26-C, ill.