A Townsend - Goddard Primer

Here is a very brief synopsis on the Townsend - Goddard families.

These folks were Quakers and made their homes in the Easton Point section of Newport, Rhode Island.

Christopher Townsend (1701-1787) and brother Job Townsend ( 1699-1765) arrived in Newport in 1707 after living in Oyster Bay, New York. They became cabinet makers in Newport, Rhode Island.

John Townsend (1732-1809) was the son of Christopher Townsend.

Daniel Goddard (1697-1764) was born in Rhode Island, moved to Massachusetts, and returned to Newport in 1727.

John Goddard ( 1723-1785) the son of Daniel, was an apprentice to Job Townsend. John Goddard married Job’s daughter Hannah Townsend.

Identifying features of these cabinet makers are the block and shell configuration on case furniture and the claw & ball foot, with space between the talon and the ball. These features are not unique to the families but are a clue when considering identification of a piece of furniture.

Christopher Townsend - desk and bookcase

Daniel Goddard - block and shell detail

John Townsend, claw & ball foot, space between talon and ball

Attributed to John Goddard, game table

All images were obtained from the current "Art & Industry Rhode Island Furniture 1650-1830" exhibition at the Yale University Art Gallery.


Art & Industry in Early America, Rhode Island Furniture, 1650-1830

This past summer, we traveled to Newport, Rhode Island to visit the mansions on the coast. We did not have time to visit Hunter House on the other side of town and promised we would return someday, since this building houses examples of Townsend and Goddard furniture. With this in mind, I was excited to discover on the front page of an August edition of Antiques & the Arts Weekly,  a feature article on “ Art & Industry, Rhode Island Furniture, 1650-1830” I quickly looked through the article and realized this was an important exhibit. We booked an air bnb and traveled to New Haven, Connecticut on one of the finest autumn weekends you could imagine. This was our first trip to Yale University Art Gallery. Street parking was a snap and admission is free. We quickly made our way to the fourth floor and were awed by the examples of Townsend and Goddard furniture along with 130 other interesting items made by known and unknown Rhode Island cabinet makers, artists, and silversmiths. Comparing and contrasting was easy to do. Well written placards gave useful information. We spent 2 hours soaking it all in and hardly realized the time had passed. We came up for air, refilled the parking meter and returned to the fourth floor. This time, a dignified woman was leading a tour of the exhibit and intuition told me this must be Patricia E. Kane, curator of Friends of American Art at Yale as well as the American Decorative Arts. Pat was the spark behind this fabulous exhibition. She conceived of the idea over ten years ago and meanwhile established the (Rhode Island Furniture Archive) which contains 4000 pieces of furniture and 2000 known woodworkers. All of this effort has made Pat Kane a worthy nominee for the ADA 2017 Award of Merit.

Pat’s goal was to ”Broaden the understanding of who the makers of furniture in Rhode Island were and what they were making.” Her painstaking research led to some surprising conclusions and reattributions.

The companion catalog is a hefty book with contributions by Kane herself, Dennis Carr, Nancy Goyne Evans, Jennifer N. Johnson, and Gary R. Sullivan. This tome discusses furniture created in Rhode Island from its earliest beginning to the end of the Federal Period. The exhibition runs until January 8, 2017 and is located at 1111 Chapel Street in New Haven, Connecticut.

Early veneered Rhode Island furniture

Compare & contrast

Stunning work by Daniel Goddard

Sample of Rhode Island Windsor chairs

The table attributed to John Goddard is featured in the painting by Gilbert Stuart!

Patricia E. Kane, curator, leads a tour through the exhibit.


Busy Summer!

This summer was jam packed with lots of travel and good sales through our business. We are excited about our brokering business which is going well. If you are actively looking for an item to add to your collection or to decorate your space, let us know. We can help you. Or, if you wish to sell a specific item, we would be happy to locate a buyer for you. Our fee is very reasonable. Contact us at or call 609-313-8275.

Below are some highlights of items that went to new homes this summer:

Joseph Hollinshead Tall Case Clock, made in Burlington, NJ

A set of 6 branded William McElroy Windsor chairs, made in Moorestown, NJ, circa 1790

Brand on one of the chairs. All 6 were branded.

A selection of fine vintage Southwest turquoise & sterling jewelry were purchased for holiday gifts.

Large herb gathering basket sold at our booth in Mullica Hill in June.

Ware Rocking Chair from Roadstown, NJ went to a discriminating collector's pristine home.

A Richmond Stove Company turtle match safe was quickly snapped up by a knowledgable dealer.

As Antiques Dealers Association of America members, all our items are guaranteed.






Noonmark Vacations

Where do busy Noonmark Antiques dealers go for vacation? Why, the Adirondacks, of course! We spent a blissful week with our family in Keene, New York. The fresh air revived us and we had a wonderful time hiking, shopping, dining, touristing, composing (Charlie) and antiquing  (Lisa) We can't wait to return!

Noonmark Mountain

The fam sets out to hike a bit of Noonmark Mountain. We encountered our first ever bear sighting. Little cub & mama.

Baby Lucy slept through it all!

My favorite view of Mirror Lake from Taste Bistro at Mirror Lake Inn

My favorite entre at Taste Bistro at Mirror Lake Inn - Fisherman's Stew paired with Mer Soleil chardonnay

Captivating Mirror Lake in Lake Placid, NY.

Lake Placid itself!

Lovely straw flowers by Mirror Lake Inn



The MacDowell Colony

Here are some excerpts from a whirlwind weekend we spent with our gracious & generous host, composer Andrew Rudin at the MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, New Hampshire. The MacDowell Colony is a 400 acre selected artist's retreat, founded in 1907 by Edward & Marian MacDowell. Once a year,on this particular weekend in August, the Colony opens its doors to visitors to participate in the annual Medal Day festivities. The Edward MacDowell Medal is presented to an artist of enduring vision and creativity. Nobel & Pulitzer prize winning novelist Toni Morrison was the recipient of the 2016 Medal. She is hailed as " the greatest living American novelist" by Michael Chabon, board chair of the Colony.
Composer and our dear friend Andrew Rudin has had the privilege of being a fellow here for a number of years and treated Charlie & I to a series of wonderful tours around the site as well as a beautiful dinner and delicious lunch.It was a whirlwind weekend filled with beauty, creativity, food for thought, 4 hour long thunderstorms, magnificent fresh air, nature, and dispensed wisdom. A day later, I was still processing all I had seen and heard and was quite grateful for the experience. Thank you, Andrew!

The Entrance

Inside the entrance

The Library

One of the cottages where the "fellows' create their works of art, be it literary, music, or visual.


Toni Morrison gives a compelling speech to a crowd of 2400 adoring fans after receiving the medal.