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Bureau dressing table

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This impressive table is the only known labeled piece by Edmund Townsend, son of cabinetmaker Job Townsend and cousin of John Townsend. A respected citizen of Newport, Edmund Townsend was an accomplished furniture maker, and this table demonstrates his mastery of the block-and-shell motifs...

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Inscription

Original paper label on upper side of a drawer bottom: "Made by / Edmund Townsend / In / Newport, Rhode Island"

Provenance

Purchased from W.M. Jacobs; Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Maxim Karolik for the "M. and M. Karolik Collection of 18th century American Arts"

Credit Line

The M. and M. Karolik Collection of Eighteenth-Century American Arts

1765–85

Object Place

Newport, Rhode Island

Catalogue Raisonné

Eighteenth-Century American Arts No.38

Dimensions

85.41 x 87.63 x 47.94 cm (33 5/8 x 34 1/2 x 18 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

41.579

Medium or Technique

San Domingo mahogany, Cuban mahogany, whitewood, chestnut

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Furniture, Case Furniture and Boxes