Maker: John Townsend (1732–1809)
Geography: Made in Newport, Rhode Island, United States
Medium: Mahogany, maple
Dimensions: Open: 28 3/4 x 62 1/4 x 58 1/4 in. (73 x 158.1 x 148 cm)
Closed: 28 3/4 x 17 1/2 x 58 1/4 in. (73 x 44.5 x 148 cm)
Credit Line: Gift of Stuart Holzer and Marc Holzer, in memory of their parents, Ann and Philip Holzer, 2012
Accession Number: 2012.442.1
This large and magnificent table bears its maker's proud pencil signature and the date 1756, making it the earliest documented piece by the great Newport, Rhode Island, maker. At age twenty-four, John Townsend was already a fully accomplished master. The table marks the first known instance of that distinctive Newport feature, the claw-and-ball foot with open talons.