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Queen Anne Carved and Figured Mahogany High Chest of Drawers with Open Talons, John Townsend, Newport, RI, 1756

  • USA
  • 2012-01-20
About the object
The Exceptional Lieutenant Colonel Oliver Arnold Queen Anne Shell-Carved and Figured Mahogany High Chest of Drawers with Open Talons, made by John Townsend, Newport, Rhode Island, dated 1756, Retains its original finish, hardware and finial.  Inscribed on long drawer of lower case Made By John Townsend Newport 1756 and apparently again with his name on the top of an upper case drawer divider.  It is inscribed in five locations with maker's mark, a large calligraphic M.  Further inscribed on bottom of same drawer £ 14 Wigg.  Another drawer inscribed Polly.  The uppermost proper right drawer inscribed W. Richardson / J. Robinson / E. Wanton / J. Townsend / To Ride Out Next Wednesday and Woman Is By Nature False & Inconstan(t) / W...full / W. Richardson.  All of the talons are complete and unbroken but one on the proper right rear foot.
Height 88 1/2 in. by Width 40 1/4 in. by Depth 21 1/8 in.

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