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 deceptively plain table is one of the masterpieces of John Townsend's late oeuvre. It is fashioned from the densest of Cuban or San Domingo mahoganies and retains its original oiled finish. Both the visible stop-fluting and cross-hatching and the interior construction are executed with machinelike precision. The table descended in the Champlin family of Newport, together with a 1765 block-and-shell chest (27.57.1) and a 1789 block-and-shell tall clock (27.57.2).