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Slant-front desk


Object number

RIF2873

Maker

Maker attributed John Townsend, American, 1732–1809

Dimensions

42 x 40 x 23 in. (106.68 x 101.6 x 58.42 cm)

Date

1765–1785

Current location

Private collection

Geography

Made in Newport, Rhode Island
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Medium

Mahogany (primary); mahogany (linings of interior drawers); chestnut (drawer linings, case back, bottom board, blocks for front rail and bottom board); yellow poplar (vertical brace)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

“A” through “K,” in graphite, on interior bottoms of interior drawers; illegible chalk on exterior backs on exterior drawers; 'III," incised, on interior back of one valance drawer

Style

Chippendale

Provenance

Andrew Judson (1749–1804), Stratford, Connecticut; by descent to John Work Judson (1782–1811); by descent to his son, John Work Judson II (1810–1878), Oswego, New York; by descent to his son John Andrew Judson (1838–1892); by descent to his wife, Mrs. John Andrew Judson (née Katherine Porter Paine); by descent to her son, George Porter Paine, Sr., (1877–1928); by descent to his son, George Porter Paine, Jr. (1909–1974); by descent to his widow; consigned to Sotheby's, New York, October 26, 1985, lot 102. Israel Sack, Inc., New York; sold to a private collection

Associated names

Andrew Judson
John Work Judson
John Work Judson II
John Andrew Judson
Katherine Porter Paine
George Porter Paine Sr.
George Porter Paine Jr.
Sotheby's
Israel Sack, Inc.

Bibliography

Sotheby's, New York, Fine American Furniture, Folk Art, and Oriental Rugs, sale cat. (October 26, 1985), lot 102, ill.
"Sotheby's advertisement," Antiques 128, no. 4 (October 1985): 597, ill.