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Collecting and decorating with Rhode Island Antiques






Around the time of the American Revolution, Rhode Island was home to some of the most skilled furniture craftsmen in the colonies. The Browns (Brown University) and other wealthy Rhode Island families, commissioned these cabinet shops to produce fashionable furniture, "of the latest design", for their magnificent Newport and Providence homes. Now, more than two hundred years later, some of these fine antiques are still in the hands of local descendants. When these Rhode Island furniture masterpieces come on the market and sold at auction, collectors and museums fearlessly compete for ownership - - this often results in world record prices!






The Nicholas Brown tea table
having scalloped top and ball & claw talons
Newport, RI
Attributed Maker: John Goddard
SOLD $8,416,000
Sotheby's - January 2005, New York





The Sarah Slocum block-and-shell carved
chest of drawers

Newport, 1792
Maker: John Townsend (1732-1809)
SOLD $4,732,500
Christie's - June 1998, New York
World auction record for the maker







Rhode Island for antique lovers
No need to be a millionaire!


John Brown House Museum

Historic New England

Hunter House, Newport

Pendleton House at RISD Museum

Whitehorne House - Newport Restoration Foundation

Preserve Rhode Island

Providence Preservation Society


Providence area Antique Shops

Stanley Weiss Collection

Skinner Auctions

The Ball and Claw Antiques

Heir Antiques


The Nicholas Brown roundabout chair
Attributed Maker: John Goddard
Newport, Rhode Island
SOLD $1,584,000
Sotheby's - January 2005, New York




The Nicholas Brown desk and bookcase
Newport, Rhode Island, 1760-1770
SOLD $12,100,000
Christies - June 1989, New York
World auction record for American furniture