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Timothy S. Philbrick
American, b. 1952
Sideboard, 1981
Rosewood and maple with silver and bone
101.6 x 152.4 x 50.8 cm (40 x 60 x 20 inches)
Gift of Joseph A. Chazan, MD 2013.36

Timothy S. Philbrick

Sideboard

Timothy S. Philbrick
American, b. 1952
Sideboard, 1981
Rosewood and maple with silver and bone
101.6 x 152.4 x 50.8 cm (40 x 60 x 20 inches)
Gift of Joseph A. Chazan, MD 2013.36

Although contemporary, this elegant rosewood sideboard with bone escutcheons and silver handles coexists comfortably with the surrounding furniture made about 200 years earlier. The piece is standing in for one of the two 18th-century desk and bookcases the Museum owns made by John Goddard of Newport. Timothy Philbrick, who has built furniture in his Rhode Island studio for decades, draws inspiration from classically proportioned examples of these early American furniture makers. His design for the sideboard relies on increments of 20 inches, measuring 40 inches high by 60 inches wide by 20 inches deep. Although the work echoes 18th-century characteristics, Philbrick includes contemporary innovations, such as drawers lined with Pacific Silvercloth, a fabric that prevents silver from tarnishing.


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