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Art and Industry in Early America

Yale University Art Gallery


Rhode Island Furniture, 1650–1830

This groundbreaking exhibition presents a comprehensive survey of Rhode Island furniture from the colonial and early Federal periods, including elaborately carved chairs, high chests, bureau tables, and clocks. Drawing together more than 130 exceptional objects from museums, historical societies, and private collections, the show highlights major aesthetic innovations developed in the region. Read more.

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Card Table

Card Table (1795–1800), attributed to James Halyburton. Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design. Photo: Courtesy Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design

Bureau table

Bureau table (1764), Edmund Townsend. Private Collection. Photo: Thomas R. DuBrock

Easy Chair

Easy Chair (1758), unknown chairmaker and Caleb Gardner, Jr., upholsterer. © The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Image Source: Art Resource, NY

Desk and Bookcase

Desk and Bookcase (1745–50), Christopher Townsend, cabinetmaker, and Samuel Casey, silversmith. rivate collection. Photo: Christopher Gardner

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