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Side chairs, pair

Object number



Maker John Townsend, American, 1732/33?1809


38 3/8 21 3/8 20 1/2 in. (97.47 54.29 52.07 cm)



Current location

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston


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


Mahogany (primary); birch (seat rails); soft maple (medial braces); eastern white pine (corner blocks); yellow poplar (corner blocks)


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


Hepplewhite, Federal


Admiral Stephen B. Luce (1827–1917), Newport, Rhode Island. Hyman Grossman, Boston. John S. Walton, Inc., New York; sold to Ima Hogg (1882–1975), Houston, 1966; given to Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1966

Associated names

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

Related objects

See also


David B. Warren, Bayou Bend: American Furniture, Paintings, and Silver from the Bayou Bend Collection (Houston: Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1975), 77, no. 141.
Michael Moses, Master Craftsmen of Newport: The Townsends and Goddards (Tenafly, N.J.: MMI Americana Press, 1984), 56, 86, 100, fig. 1.45, 2.14, 2.14.
David B. Warren et al., American Decorative Arts and Paintings in the Bayou Bend Collection, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (Houston: Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1998), 94–95, no. F149, ill.
Christie's, New York, Important American Furniture, Silver, Prints, Folk Art, and Decorative Arts, sale cat. (January 15–16, 1999), 161, fig. 1, 1a.
Morrison H. Heckscher, John Townsend: Newport Cabinetmaker, exh. cat. (New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2005), 181–83, no. 48, ill.
Christie's, New York, Property from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. E. J. Nusrala, sale cat. (January 21, 2006), 88, fig. 1.
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), 84, fig. 17, 18 (detail).