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Pembroke table

Object number



Maker John Townsend, American, 1732–1809


26 3/4 x 18 1/2 x 32 1/4 in. (67.95 x 46.99 x 81.92 cm)



Current location

Private collection


Made in Newport, Rhode Island
(view a map of Rhode Island)


Mahogany, mahogany veneer, lightwood inlays (primary); chestnut (drawer sides, kickbar, horizontal glue blocks); white pine (drawer bottom, drawer supports, two vertical corner blocks, laminations on elliptical end rail); maple (hinged rails, cross braces); yellow poplar (stationary rails)


"Made by / John Townsend, / Newport.," printed, and "1797," inscribed in ink, on paper label glued to bottom interior of drawer


"M," in graphite, on each inside face of stationary rails




C. W. Lyon, Inc., Milbrook, New York, 1969. Israel Sack, Inc., New York, 1984. W. A. Foundation; consigned to Christie's, New York, September 28, 2011, lot 38

Associated names

C. W. Lyon, Inc.
Israel Sack, Inc.
W. A. Foundation
Christie's New York


The brasses are replaced. Three cross braces under the top are screwed to the top; two cross braces under the rails are dovetailed to the rails. The elliptial end rail has five horizontal laminations. The knuckles on the rail hinges are rounded. Examined by P. E. Kane, J. S. Gordon, and J. N. Johnson on September 23, 2011.

See also


"Charles Woolsey Lyon advertisement," Antiques 96, no. 2 (August 1969): 165.
"Israel Sack, Inc., advertisement," Antiques 125, no. 6 (July 1984): inside front cover.
Michael Moses, Master Craftsmen of Newport: The Townsends and Goddards (Tenafly, N.J.: MMI Americana Press, 1984), 69, 83, fig. 2.11.
Morrison H. Heckscher, John Townsend: Newport Cabinetmaker, exh. cat. (New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2005), 63, 176–77, no. 45, fig. 54.
Lita Solis-Cohen, "Christie's, New York City, American Furniture, Folk Art, and Decorative Arts," Maine Antique Digest (December 2011): 9-B.
Christie's, New York, Important American Furniture, Folk Art, and Decorative Arts, sale cat. (September 28, 2011), 60–61, lot 38.
Patricia E. Kane et al., Art and Industry in Early America: Rhode Island Furniture, 1650–1830, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2016), 4, 406–9, no. 93, fig. 1, 5.