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Library bookcase

Object Number: 
1961.62
Date: 
1800-1820
Medium: 
Mahogany, pine
Dimensions: 
Overall: 104 x 96 1/4 x 22 1/2 in. ( 264.2 x 244.5 x 57.2 cm )
Marks: 
pencil: top of center section; "James [or] Jacob Townsend"
Description: 
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.
Gallery Label: 
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.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph E. Carpenter, Jr.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group