Maker, attributed to: John Townsend (American, 1732/33–1809)
The Townsend and Goddard families, who dominated Newport, Rhode Island, cabinetmaking in the mid-eighteenth century, are credited with having developed the Newport block-and-shell form, distinguished by bold blocking capped by convex and concave shells. On this example, the shells radiate out from the cross-hatched centers and have noticeably serpentine rays. These details typify furniture produced by John Townsend, to whom this example is attributed.
Mahogany, yellow-poplar, chestnut, eastern white pine
34 3/16 × 36 3/4 × 20 3/16 in. (86.9 × 93.3 × 51.3 cm)
other (Case): 34 7/16 × 18 7/16 in. (87.4 × 46.9 cm)
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Mabel Brady Garvan Collection
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