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High Chest of Drawers

A work made of mahogany with chestnut and white pine.
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  • A work made of mahogany with chestnut and white pine.




Attributed to John Goddard
American, 1723–1785

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Along with Philadelphia and Boston, Newport, Rhode Island, was one of the three leading furniture-making centers in colonial America. Newport benefited from its location on coastal trade routes between England and the West Indies, and its merchants were among the wealthiest and most influential figures in the colonies. The finest Newport furniture came from the Goddard and Townsend shops, whose most notable pieces were completed before the Revolution. This high chest is attributed to John Goddard. Goddard’s marriage to the daughter of Job Townsend joined the two families, beginning a virtual furniture-making dynasty that remained active into the following century.


On View, Gallery 167


Arts of the Americas


John Goddard


High Chest of Drawers


Newport (Object made in)

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c. 1755–1785


Mahogany with chestnut and white pine


219.4 × 101.6 × 54.6 cm (86 3/8 × 40 × 21 1/2 in.)

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Helen Bowen Blair Fund

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