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Side chair


Object number

RIF4263

Maker

Maker John Townsend, American, 1732?1809

Dimensions

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

Date

1800

Current location

Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library

Geography

Made in Newport, Rhode Island
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Medium

Mahogany (primary); birch, maple, white pine, yellow poplar (?) and chestnut (secondary)

Marks

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

Style

Hepplewhite, Federal

Provenance

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.

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See also


Bibliography

Robert Bishop, Centuries and Styles of the American Chair, 1640–1970 (New York: E. P. Dutton and Company, 1972), 262, fig. 398.
William C. Ketchum Jr., American Cabinetmakers: Marked American Furniture, 1640-1940 (New York: Crown Publishers, 1995), 344.
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.