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Detail from “Card Table,” attributed to James Halyburton, Warren, Rhode Island, 1795–1800. Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Peter and Daphne Farago Purchase Fund (Photo: Museum of Art, RISD; photographer Eric Gould)
Full view of Halyburton’s “Card Table.”
“High Chest of Drawers,” possibly Providence, 1710–1730. Private collection (Photo: Christopher Gardner)
“Fall-Front Desk,” probably Swansea, Massachusetts (later Warren, Rhode Island), 1700–1730. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Henry H. and Zoe Oliver Sherman Fund (Photograph © 2016 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston)
Christopher Townsend, cabinetmaker, and Samuel Casey, silversmith, “Desk and Bookcase,” Newport, 1745–1750. Private collection (Photo: Christopher Gardner)
Unknown chairmaker and Caleb Gardner Jr., upholsterer, “Easy Chair,” Newport, 1758. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Gift of Mrs. J. Insley Blair (Photo © The Metropolitan Museum of Art; image source: Art Resource, N.Y.)
Edmund Townsend, “Bureau Table,” Newport, 1764. Private collection (Photo: Thomas R. DuBrock)
Benjamin Baker, “High Chest of Drawers,” Newport, 1760–1775. Newport Restoration Foundation, Bequest of Doris Duke (Photo: Christopher Gardner)
Attributed to Daniel Spencer, “Desk and Bookcase,” Providence, 1772–1790. Yale University Art Gallery, Mabel Brady Garvan Collection (Photo: Yale University Art Gallery)
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Exhibit features furniture of Rhode Island

Elaborately carved chairs, high chests, bureau tables, and clocks — as well as paintings, silver, and other objects — are on display in the Yale University Art Gallery’s newest exhibition, “Art and Industry in Early America: Rhode Island Furniture 1650–1830,” on view through Jan. 8.
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