John Townsend (American, 17331809)
Newport, Rhode Island
Mahogany, satinwood, chestnut; 27 1/4 x 36 1/2 x 33 1/8 in. (69.2 x 92.7 x 84.1 cm)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. J. Carl De La Cour, Jr., 1980 (1980.293)
In the 1790s, John Townsend began making furnitureprimarily Pembroke tables and card tablesin the new Neoclassical style. Tapered legs with inlaid lightwood veneersusually bookends over carrots (as here) or bellflowersreplaced the stop-fluted straight legs found on his earlier pieces. Although the precise and elegant interior construction that is one of this cabinetmaker's signatures as a craftsman did not change, Townsend documented his authorship by pasting his label inside the drawer.