Most Innovative Cabinetmaker?

Which of the following cabinetmakers/styles do you think best represents the contribution of America

  • Townsend-Goddard/Newport Blockfront

    Votes: 17 56.7%
  • Cogswell/Boston Bombe

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Phyfe/New York Empire

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Seymour & Son/Boston Federal

    Votes: 6 20.0%
  • McIntire/Salem Federal

    Votes: 1 3.3%
  • Affleck/Philadelphia Chippendale

    Votes: 5 16.7%
  • Shaw/Baltimore Federal

    Votes: 1 3.3%

  • Total voters
  • Poll closed .


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We thought it might be fun to use the forum's Poll feature from time to time, so here's the inaugural poll. You must be a registered forum user and logged in to cast a vote. If you have an idea for a poll question, submit it to [email protected].

In source material on American period furniture, the work of the Townsend and Goddard families is often cited as the perfect synthesis of design and craftsmanship in America. Albert Sack has said "if one piece were to be selected to represent the contribution of the American furniture craftsmen," the Townsend-Goddard six shell secretary "would have few rivals."

What do you think? Which of the craftsmen listed here best exemplify innovation in early American furniture design? Vote for only one. The results will be posted next week.
I like eclairs myself. I am sorry but I guess there wasn't any furniture made of any consequence south of Balitimore or am I mistaken. My real vote goes to the man down the road. I thought I might stir thing up. Jeff

Well, I knew it was only a matter of time before someone pointed out this glaring omission. The truth of the matter is that I chose to be selective in the poll options. The choices were guided more by popular conception and the preponderance of literature on the listed makers than by a deliberate Northern bias.  So while I risk being compared to Joseph Downs who proclaimed at the 1949 Williamsburg Antiques Forum that "little of artistic merit was made South of Baltimore" (<i>The Magazine Antiques</i>, March 2005, p. 93), the Yankees Dunlap and Chapin, every bit as innovative as Elfe, were not included either.

I also ask that nothing be inferred by my preference for Boston creams!


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The results of the Most Innovative Cabinetmaker poll are now available. Are these results surprising to anyone? Why or why not? What informed your vote?

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msiemsen said:
I wonder what type of doughnut is the most period appropriate?

I’m thinking…Boston cream filled, served up on an open talon ball & claw Newport tea table, of course.