Chippendale Walnut Side Chair, Goddard/Townsend

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Chippendale Walnut Side Chair, Goddard/Townsend, pierced and carved splat, slip seat. Newport, Rhode Island.  1760-1785

Why is it special? The Goddard/Townsend shops turned out exceptionally elegant pieces for the style-forward Newport crowd, and this graceful chair is no exception.  This is a tip-to-toe statement piece.