Overall: 104 x 96 1/4 x 22 1/2 in. ( 264.2 x 244.5 x 57.2 cm )
pencil: top of center section; "James [or] Jacob Townsend"
Mahogany Federal library bookcase in two units consisting of bookcase and base; three-part bookcase with cornice with cove molding and projecting center section with glass doors with mullions in elliptical pattern with carved central floral rosettes and quarter-round panels with foliate carving in each corner; three-part bottom section with projecting center section with glass doors with mullion in diamond pattern with carved central floral rosettes and quarter-round panels with foliate carving in each corner; brass hardware including rims down front of doors; base molding; movable shelves.
Stylistically this library bookcase resembles furniture made in New York, but a pencil inscription on the top of the bottom case reads either "James Townsend," possibly of Newport, RI or "Jacob Townsend," who worked on Long Island.
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph E. Carpenter, Jr.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.