Secretary

Creator:
Townsend, John, 1732-1809 (attributed)
Published/Created:
Newport, Newport county, Rhode Island, United States
ca. 1760–1770
Physical Description:
Height, case: 98 in.; Height, writing level: 31 1/2 in.; Width: 40 1/2 in.; Depth: 23 in.
Materials:
mahogany
Notes:
Sack catalogue description: Chippendale San Domingan mahogany secretary-desk, closed bonnet top of typical Newport design with divided paneled scrollboard, the inner arch bordered by finely wrought ogival moldings in deep relief; original stop-fluted finials, rectangular deep chamfered door panels, ogee bracket feet; blocked and shell-carved desk interior with scooped drawer pigeonhole terminals, upper interior with cyma-scrolled vertical dividers, choice ruddy brown patina. This secretary descended from Jonathan Nichols (1700–1774) of Newport, Rhode Island, who owned the White Horse Tavern; it was purchased by us from a seventh generation descendant of Jonathan Nichols. A letter from the descendant outlining this history and other related family documents will be given to the purchaser. The family descent follows: Jonathan Nichols (1700–1774); Walter Nichols (1748–1823); William Stoddard Nichols (1785–1871); Thomas Pitman Nichols (1816–1897); Othniel Foster Nichols (1845–1908). The comparison of the desk interior to that of our labeled John Townsend desk (P3448), is remarkable; the two interiors are illustrated for comparison. The detail illustrations shown in American Antiques from Israel Sack Collection, vol. 4, p. 917, pl. P3555 compare the pigeonhole terminal drawers from the labeled Townsend desk and Nichols secretary; on the basis of these comparisons, ascription of this secretary to John Townsend is assured.
Related objects: Book: American Antiques from Israel Sack Collection, 10 vols. (Washington, D.C.: Highland House Publishers, 1957–1990), vol. 3, p. 790–791, pl. P3448.
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Bibliography: Book: American Antiques from Israel Sack Collection, 10 vols. (Washington, D.C.: Highland House Publishers, 1957–1990), vol. 4, p. 915–917, pl. P3555.
Variant Titles:
Chippendale mahogany secretary-desk
Topics:
Decoration and ornament--Chippendale style
Furniture--United States
Period/Style:
Chippendale
Culture:
American
Accession Number:
3555
Genre:
desks and bookcases (AAT)
secretaries (furniture) (AAT)
Format:
Image
Physical Object
Content Type:
Furnishings & Decorative Arts
Prints & Photographs
Rights:
The use of this image may be subject to the copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) or to site license or other rights management terms and conditions. The person using the image is liable for any infringement.
Access Restrictions:
Public
Source Title:
Israel Sack, Inc., Archive
Source Created:
New York, New York, United States
1957–1990
Source Note:
Sack, November 1972
This information is taken from the Israel Sack Furniture Archive and may not reflect current scholarship.
Folder:
Folder 10319 cab1dr3 tiff
Yale Collection:
Yale University Art Gallery
Digital Collection:
Israel Sack Furniture Archive
oid pointer:
10968197
OID:
11868296
PID:
digcoll:847374

Number of Pages: 11
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