Maker: John Townsend (1732–1809)
Date: ca. 1795
Geography: Made in Newport, Rhode Island, United States
Medium: Primary wood: mahogany and lightwood inlays; secondary woods: maple and chestnut
Dimensions: Open: 27 1/4 x 36 1/2 x 33 1/8 in. (69.2 x 92.7 x 84.1 cm)
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. J. Carl De La Cour, Jr., 1980
Accession Number: 1980.293
In the 1790s, John Townsend began making furniture—primarily Pembroke tables and card tables—in the new Neoclassical style. Tapered legs with inlaid lightwood veneers—usually bookends over carrots (as here) or bellflowers—replaced 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.