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Dining table

Object number



Maker John Townsend, American, 1732/33–1809


Open: 27 1/2 97 5/8 48 1/4 in. (69.85 247.97 122.56 cm)



Current location

Newport Restoration Foundation, Rhode Island


Made in Newport, Rhode Island
(view a map of Rhode Island)


Mahogany, mahogany veneer, lightwood inlay (primary); maple, chestnut, and white pine (secondary)


"MADE BY / JOHN TOWNSEND / NEWPORT," in ink, printed on paper label, and "1796," in ink, written on lower right of paper label, glued to center back of back rail of one half-round end


"A," on outside of one swing rail; "B," in chalk, on outside of fixed rail on other side; "A McG," in graphite, mostly illegible, on inside of one swing rail; "B," in graphite, on exterior of rear rail of one D end; possibly "A," in graphite, beneath label on exterior rear rail of other D end


Annie H. Cook (born ca. 1889) and Benjamin Ladd Cook (1885–1968), Providence, Rhode Island; by descent to Mrs. Norman Cook, Middletown, Rhode Island; sold to Doris Duke (1912–1993) for Newport Restoration Foundation, Rhode Island, 1972; Whitehorne House Museum, Newport Restoration Foundation, Rhode Island, from 1974

Associated names

Benjamin L. Cook
Mrs. Benjamin Ladd Cook
Mrs. Norman Cook
Doris Duke

See also


Michael Moses, Master Craftsmen of Newport: The Townsends and Goddards (Tenafly, N.J.: MMI Americana Press, 1984), 82, 125, fig. 2.10, 3.44–3.44a.
Morrison H. Heckscher, John Townsend: Newport Cabinetmaker, exh. cat. (New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2005), 171–73, no. 43, 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), 409nn1–2.