Greene · Newport
Ellen Townsend Tea Table
mahogany, 26"h, 31½"w, 20½"d currently available
The original of this slipper-foot tea table was given to the Newport Historical Society by Miss Ellen Townsend (granddaughter of John and great-granddaughter of Christopher) in 1884. Curiously, it doesn't seem to have been made by either of them, and is more likely the product of Job Townsend's shop (Christopher's brother). The original is on display at NHS's Museum of Newport History on Washington Square and is replicated under an agreement with the Society. It's a charming table with a subtle curve to the legs and strong slipper feet.
The one-board top is framed with a radiused molding with a beaded edge and secured to the frame so as to allow seasonal movement.
The table is seen in Miss Ellen Townsend's parlor in this watercolor by Mary Buffum c. 1880 (courtesy of Newport Historical Society):