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Bureau table

Object number



Maker Unknown
Maker: formerly attributed to Job Townsend, Sr., 1699 - 1765
Maker: formerly attributed to Christopher Townsend, 1701-1787


87.63 x 99.695 x 53.34 cm (34 1/2 x 39 1/4 x 21 in.)



Current location

Caxambas Foundation


Made in Providence, Rhode Island
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Mahogany (primary); pine (secondary)




"1" through "3," in graphite, on interior bottoms of proper right small drawers from top to bottom and on top of dividers below each of those drawers; "4" through "6," in graphite, on interior bottoms of proper left small drawers from top to bottom and on drawer dividers below each of those drawers; later numbers, in graphite, also on those drawers; “2,” in graphite, on interior bottom of valence drawer; "no-1-L," in graphite, on interior bottom on proper right small top drawer; David Stockwell label on interior bottom of frieze drawer




John S. Walton, New York, 1951; David Stockwell, Philadelphia, 1953; sold to Lansdell K. Christie (1903–1965), Syosset, New York; by descent to Mrs. Lansdell K. Christie (died 1992); consigned by her estate to Christie's, New York, January 27, 1996, lot 359; sold to Alan Miller, Quakertown, Pennsylvania; sold to George Safford Parker II (1929–2004), Janesville, Wisconsin, and later Marco, Florida; Caxambas Foundation, Milwaukee; consigned to Sotheby's, New York, January 19, 2017, lot 2089

Associated names

John S. Walton
David Stockwell, Inc.
Lansdell K. Christie
Mrs. Lansdell K. Christie
Alan Miller
George Safford Parker II


This bureau table is closely related to RIF1223.

See also


"John S. Walton Antiques, Inc., advertisement," Antiques 59, no. 6 (June 1951): 416.
"David Stockwell, Inc., advertisement," Antiques 63, no. 1 (January 1953): 33.
Christie's, New York, Property from the Estate of Mrs. Lansdell K. Christie, sale cat. (January 27, 1996), 40, lot 359, ill.
Luke Beckerdite, "The Early Furniture of Christopher and Job Townsend," American Furniture (2000): 26, fig. 42, 43.
Laura Beach, "Americana Week Auction Highlights," Antiques and the Arts Weekly (February 3, 2017): 45, ill.
Sotheby's, New York, The Highly Important Americana Collection of George S. Parker II from the Caxambas Foundation, sale cat. (January 19, 2017), lot 2089, ill.