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.

Date:

1755/85

Artist:

Attributed to John Goddard
American, 1723–1785

About this artwork

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

American Art, Gallery 167

Artist

John Goddard

Title

High Chest of Drawers

Origin

Newport

Date

1755–1785

Medium

Mahogany with chestnut and white pine

Dimensions

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

Credit Line

Helen Bowen Blair Fund

Reference Number

1989.158

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