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Card table


Object number

RIF2500

Maker

Maker Unknown
Maker formerly attributed John Townsend, American, 1732–1809

Dimensions

Height: 28 1/4 in. (71.755 cm) Width: 33 3/4 in. (85.725 cm)

Date

1780–1800

Current location

Newport Restoration Foundation, Rhode Island

Geography

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

Medium

Mahogany

Marks

Unknown

Inscriptions

Unknown

Style

Chippendale

Provenance

Ginsburg and Levy, Inc., New York; sold to Lincoln Isham (1892–1971), Dorset, Vermont; consigned by his estate to Sotheby Parke-Bernet Galleries, Inc., New York, May 19–20, 1972, lot 106; sold to Doris Duke (1912–1993) for Newport Restoration Foundation, Rhode Island, 1972; Whitehorne House Museum, Newport Restoration Foundation, Rhode Island, from 1974

Associated names

Lincoln Isham
Ginsburg and Levy, Inc.
Sotheby Parke Bernet
Doris Duke

Notes

A number of card tables attributed to Rhode Island have facades with serpentine curves in plan and section, beading or gadrooning along the lower edge of the facade, blocked corners, stop-fluted legs, pierced corner brackets, and gouge decoration on the top leaf edge. See the related examples below. Closely related tables have straight legs; see, for example, RIF56. Other similar tables lacking some of the features shared by these two groups are recorded in the database as well.

See also


Bibliography

Sotheby Parke Bernet, New York, Important American Furniture, sale cat. (May 19–20, 1972), 19, lot 106, ill.
Brock Jobe, Gary R. Sullivan, and Jack O'Brien, Harbor and Home: Furniture of Southeastern Massachusetts, 1710–1850 (Hanover, N.H.: University Press of New England, 2009), 411, entry 41n2.