Casey, Samuel, 1723-1773 Townsend, John, 1732-1809, and Goddard, John, 1723-1785 (school of), active late 1730s-late 1770s
Newport, Newport county, Rhode Island, United States ca. 1750–1760
85 x 39 1/2 x 21 3/4 in.
Sack catalogue description: Chippendale mahogany bonnet-top highboy with open claw feet, shell-carved center apron, paneled scrollboard and rear dustboard; in superb state of preservation with beautiful golden brown patina, original brasses and finial, made by one of the Townsend-Goddard master craftsmen. The prize of Newport is, of course, the open talon carved claw-and-ball foot, a mark of distinction in a few examples attributed to the Goddard School; this device found in some of the dressing tables, tea tables and card tables of Newport is often combined with cabriole pad foot rear legs. This highboy and accompanying pocketbook were purchased from descendants of Christopher Lawton (1728–1752) of South Kingston, Rhode Island, who married Elizabeth Tripp in 1751; Elizabeth Tripp married (for the second time) William Browning of South Kingston, Rhode Island, in 1755. The initials on the purse clasp are "WB" for William Browning. Accompanying the highboy is a flamestitch pocketbook with engraved silver clasps marked "SC" for Samuel Casey of South Kingston, Rhode Island; this is the only known marked American pocketbook of the eighteenth century. Rarely does a representative piece have an accompanying document which not only is unique in itself but in conjunction with its parent adds that extra touch of history, date and oral confirmation. ----- Bibliography: Book: American Antiques from Israel Sack Collection, 10 vols. (Washington, D.C.: Highland House Publishers, 1957–1990), vol. 3, pp. 588–589, pl. 1352; vol. 6, p. 8, pl. P3048.
Chippendale mahogany bonnet-top highboy and pocketbook
Decoration and ornament -- Chippendale style Furniture -- United States
high chests of drawers (AAT) highboys (AAT) pocketbooks (AAT)
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New York, New York, United States 1957–1990
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