Drop-leaf dining table

Maker: John Townsend (1732–1809)

Date: 1756

Geography: Made in Newport, Rhode Island, United States

Culture: American

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)

Classification: Furniture

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.