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Side chair

Object number



Maker John Townsend, American, 1732/33–1809


38 1/2 21 3/8 17 1/2 in. (97.79 54.293 44.45 cm)



Current location

Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library


Made in Newport, Rhode Island
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Mahogany (primary); birch, maple, white pine, yellow poplar (?) and chestnut (secondary)


"Made by John Townsend / Newport 1800," in ink, on a paper label glued inside rear seat rail


Admiral Stephen B. Luce (1827–1917), Newport, Rhode Island. Hyman Grossman, Boston, Massachusetts. John S. Walton, Inc., New York; sold to Winterthur Museum and Country Estate, Delaware, 1966

Associated names

Admiral Stephen B. Luce
Descendants of Admiral Luce
Hyman Grossman
John S. Walton, Inc.

Related objects

See also


Robert Bishop, Centuries and Styles of the American Chair, 1640–1970 (New York: E. P. Dutton and Company, 1972), 262, fig. 398.
Morrison H. Heckscher, John Townsend: Newport Cabinetmaker, exh. cat. (New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2005), 181–83, no. 48.
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), 92n32.
William C. Ketchum Jr., American Cabinetmakers: Marked American Furniture, 1640-1940 (New York: Crown Publishers, 1995), 344.