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From: Morrison H. Heckscher, John Townsend, Newport Cabinetmaker (New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2005), 100, cat. no. 13
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Side chair

Object number



Maker, attributed to John Townsend, American, 1732/33–1809


38 1/8 24 17 1/2 in. (96.838 60.96 44.45 cm)



Current location

Wunsch Americana Foundation, Inc.


Made in Newport, Rhode Island
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Mahogany (primary); chestnut (front corner blocks); pine (rear corner blocks); maple (slip seat frame)




“VIIII,” incised on rabbet of front rail and on underside of front slip seat rail


Teina Baumstone, New York; sold to Ralph E. Carpenter, Jr. (1909–2009), Scarsdale, New York, about 1955; by descent to Roberta Carpenter (1938–2019), Newport, Rhode Island; consigned to Christie's, New York, September 22, 2014, lot 33; sold to Wunsch Americana Foundation, Inc., New York

Associated names

Teina Baumstone
Ralph E. Carpenter, Jr.
Roberta L. Carpenter

Related objects


Ralph E. Carpenter, Jr., "Discoveries in Newport Furniture and Silver," Antiques 68, no. 1 (July 1955): 45, fig. 2.
James Biddle, American Art from American Collections: Decorative Arts, Paintings, and Prints of the Colonial and Federal Periods from Private Collections, exh. cat. (New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1963), 8, nos.12,13, ill.
Morrison H. Heckscher, John Townsend: Newport Cabinetmaker, exh. cat. (New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2005), 99–101, no. 13, ill.
Laura Beach, "The Past Is Present in Newport: A Couple's Lifelong Love of Antiques," Antiques and Fine Art 6, no. 2 (Summer 2005): 118–121, ill.
Christie's New York, New York, Important American Furniture, Outsider, and Folk Art, sale cat. (September 22, 2014), 32–35, lot 33, ill.
"Christie's Presents Sale of American Furniture, Outsider and Folk Art," Antiques and the Arts Weekly (September 12, 2014): 4, ill.
Lita Solis-Cohen, "Christie's, New York City: American Furniture, Outsider Art, and Folk Art," Maine Antique Digest (December 2014): 32-E, ill.
Ralph E. Carpenter, Jr., "Mowbra Hall and a Collection of Period Rooms: Part I," Connoisseur 180 (June 1972): 82, 86, fig. 5, 9–10.
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), 376n6.