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.
- John Goddard
- High Chest of Drawers
- c. 1755–1785
- Mahogany with chestnut and white pine
- 219.4 × 101.6 × 54.6 cm (86 3/8 × 40 × 21 1/2 in.)
- Helen Bowen Blair Fund