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Slant-front desk


Object number

RIF6089

Maker

Maker: attributed to Christopher Townsend, 1701-1787

Dimensions

104.78 x 91.12 x 50.17 cm (41 1/4 x 35 7/8 x 19 3/4 in.)

Date

ca. 1750

Current location

Caxambas Foundation

Geography

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

Medium

Cedar

Marks

None

Inscriptions

"M," in graphite, on top of board under interior drawers and underside of bottom; "A,"in chalk, and "B," in graphite, on exterior backs of two proper right interior drawers; "C," in graphite, on exterior back of prospect drawer; and "D," in graphite, and illegible chalk [possibly "E"], on exterior backs of two proper left interior drawers; "A" through "D," in graphite, on exterior backs of exterior drawers

Style

Chippendale

Provenance

John C. R. Tompkins, Millbrook, New York; 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 2087

Associated names

John C. R. Tompkins
George Safford Parker II
Sotheby's

Bibliography

Erik Gronning and Amy Coes, "The Early Work of John Townsend in the Christopher Townsend Shop Tradition," American Furniture (2013): 21–22, fig. 47.
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), 64n99.
Sotheby's, New York, The Highly Important Americana Collection of George S. Parker II from the Caxambas Foundation, sale cat. (January 19, 2017), lot 2087.