Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History



  • Drop–leaf Pembroke table, 1790–1800
    John Townsend (American, 1733–1809)
    Newport, Rhode Island
    Mahogany, satinwood, chestnut; 27 1/4 x 36 1/2 x 33 1/8 in. (69.2 x 92.7 x 84.1 cm)
    Gift of Mr. and Mrs. J. Carl De La Cour, Jr., 1980 (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.

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  • Drop-leaf Pembroke table, 1790–1800
    John Townsend (American, 1733–1809)
    Newport, Rhode Island
    Mahogany, satinwood, chestnut; 27 1/4 x 36 1/2 x 33 1/8 in. (69.2 x 92.7 x 84.1 cm)
    Gift of Mr. and Mrs. J. Carl De La Cour, Jr., 1980 (1980.293)

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