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Bureau table


Object number

RIF108

Maker

Maker, attributed to Edmund Townsend, American, 1736/7–1811

Dimensions

33 1/2 36 1/2 20 1/2 in. (85.09 92.71 52.07 cm)

Date

1760–80

Current location


Geography

Made in Newport, Rhode Island
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Medium

Mahogany

Marks

Unknown

Inscriptions

Unknown

Provenance

Descendants of Benedict Arnold; by descent to Elizabeth Ordway Webster, Boscawen, New Hampshire, sold in 1930. John Wanamaker, New York, 1930. George Burford Lorimer, New York, by 1952

Associated names

George Buford Lorimer
Brooklyn Museum of Art
John Wanamaker and Co.
Descendants of Governor Benedict Arnold
Elizabeth Ordway Webster

Bibliography

Bernard Levy, "Living with Antiques: A Collection in Westchester County, New York," Antiques 125, no. 5 (May 1984): 1135, pl. II, ill.
Helen Comstock, American Furniture: Seventeenth, Eighteenth, and Nineteenth Century Styles (New York: Viking Press, 1962), fig. 381.
Michael Moses, Master Craftsmen of Newport: The Townsends and Goddards (Tenafly, N.J.: MMI Americana Press, 1984), 285, fig. 7.11.
"John Wanamaker advertisement," Antiques 18, no. 5 (November 1930): p.377, 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), 284n4, 287n4.