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Dining table

Object number



Maker John Townsend, American, 1732/33–1809


Open: 28 1/4 × 100 1/2 × 49 in. (71.76 × 255.27 × 124.46 cm)



Current location

The Rhode Island Historical Society


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


Mahogany (primary); chestnut, maple, and white pine (secondary); mahogany veneer; lightwood inlay


"MADE BY / J[O]HN TO[WN]SEND, / NEWPORT," in ink, printed on paper label, and "179[7?]," in ink, written on lower right of paper label, glued to outside center of one end of back rail


"Mrs.Wood / corner of Court & Washington Street / [?]," in ink, on square piece of paper nailed to rail at left of label; "Rev H. Stanley [?]; [?]AH Dodge / Georgetown / D.C.," in black paint, on underside of top of same end section


Mrs. John Wood (née Rebecca Wickham Crooke, baptized 1771) and Major John Wood (1770–1816), Newport, Rhode Island; by descent to Reverend H. Stanley, Washington, D.C., before 1961; Israel Sack, Inc., New York, 1961; sold to the Rhode Island Historical Society, Providence, 1967

Associated names

Major John Wood
Rebecca Wickham Crooke
Reverend H. Stanley
Israel Sack, Inc.

See also


American Antiques from Israel Sack Collection, 10 vols. (Washington, D.C.: Highland House Publishers, 1957–1989), vol. 1, p. 176, no. 460, ill.
"Israel Sack, Inc., advertisement," Antiques 79, no. 5 (June 1961): 500.
Joseph K. Ott, The John Brown House Loan Exhibition of Rhode Island Furniture, exh. cat. (Providence: The Rhode Island Historical Society, 1965), 66–67, 166, no. 47, ill.
"Director's Newsletter," Rhode Island History 27, no. 1 (January 1968): 15–16, ill.
Ruth Davidson, "Museum Accessions: American Furniture," Antiques 94, no. 1 (July 1968): 50.
"Rhode Island History," Rhode Island History 27, no. 1 (1968): 14–15, fig. 1.
Michael Moses and Liza Moses, "Authenticating John Townsend's Later Tables," Antiques 119, no. 5 (May 1981): 1156, fig. 7–7a.
Michael Moses, Master Craftsmen of Newport: The Townsends and Goddards (Tenafly, N.J.: MMI Americana Press, 1984), 69, 108, fig. 3.20–3.20a.
William C. Ketchum Jr., American Cabinetmakers: Marked American Furniture, 1640-1940 (New York: Crown Publishers, 1995), 344, ill.
Morrison H. Heckscher, John Townsend: Newport Cabinetmaker, exh. cat. (New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2005), 174–75, no. 44, ill.
Lori Zabar, "Picturing John Townsend's Clients," Antiques and Fine Art 6, no. 2 (Summer 2005): 146–147, fig. 9.
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), 409n1.