John Townsend (American, 17331809)
Newport, Rhode Island
Mahogany, maple, chestnut, tulip poplar; 27 1/4 x 33 3/4 x 16 7/8 in. (69.2 x 85.7 x 42.9 cm)
Egleston Fund, 1927 (27.161)
This elegant, understated table is one of a handful of stop-fluted straight-legged pieces bearing the label of John Townsend of Newport, Rhode Island. All share the same refined and labor-intensive construction features, including multiple cross braces joining the side rails, and pierced corner brackets that are mortised and tenoned to leg and rail.