Maker: John Townsend (1732–1809)
Date: ca. 1786
Geography: Made in Newport, Rhode Island, United States
Medium: Mahogany, maple, chestnut, tulip poplar
Dimensions: Closed: 27 1/4 x 33 7/8 x 16 7/8 in. (69.2 x 86 x 42.9 cm)
Credit Line: Egleston Fund, 1927
Accession Number: 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.