Living with antiques
The Captain Philo Beardsley house near Kent, Connecticut
Figure 1. The easy chair shown in this view of the parlor is upholstered with the same wool damask as the armchair shown in Pl. II. The cherry candlestand is unusual for the scalloping underneath the dish top. It was probably made in Norwich, Connecticut, c. 1790. (An identical example, apparently by the same maker and similarly warped, is in the Henry Francis du Pont Winterthur Museum.). The brass candlestick on the candlestand is English, c.1720. The maple side chair, one of a pair, is from Rhode Island, c. 1750. The eighteenth-century mahogany drop-leaf table is attributed to the Townsend-Goddard school of cabinetmakers of Newport, Rhode Island. The Chinese porcelain candlesticks are polychromed in famille verte colors and date from the K'ang Hsi period. The mezzotint of GeorgeWashington by Valentine Green (1739-1813), done in London in 1785, is in an eighteenth-century black and gilt frame. The portrait of a parson by an unknown artist is the pendant to the one of his wife shown in Pl. II.
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