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Desk and bookcase


Object number

RIF82

Maker

Maker Unknown
Maker formerly attributed Job Townsend, Sr., 1699 - 1765
Maker formerly attributed John Goddard, 1723/24–1785

Dimensions

248.921 x 99.06 x 55.88 cm (98 x 39 x 22 in.)

Date

1750–1765

Current location


Geography

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

Medium

Mahogany (primary)

Inscriptions

"Mr. Robart Her[illegible]ker" in chalk on the underside of the bottom drawer

Style

Chippendale

Provenance

Israel Sack, Inc., New York, 1950; I. Winick, Inc., New York, August 1950; John S. Walton, New York, 1950; Israel Sack, Inc., 1950; Mr. C. C. Hall, Richmond, Virginia, 1950–1965; sold to John S. Walton, Inc., 1965; sold to Mr. and Mrs. Dudley Catzen, Baltimore, 1964; sold to John Walton, Inc., Jewett City, Connecticut, 1984. Sotheby's, New York, October 13–14, 1989, lot 335. Sotheby's, January 21–22, 2000, lot 675. Sotheby's, May 22, 2003, lot 877; sold to Heller-Washam Antqiues, Portland, Maine, and Woodbury, Connecticut; sold to a private collection, 2003

Associated names

Israel Sack, Inc.
I. Winick, Inc.
Israel Sack, Inc.
C. C. Hall
Dudley I. Catzen
Sotheby's
Sotheby's
Heller Washam Antiques
John S. Walton
John S. Walton, Inc.
John Walton, Inc.

Bibliography

Albert Sack, Fine Points of Furniture: Early American (New York: Crown Publishers, 1950), 158, ill.
"John S. Walton Antiques, Inc., advertisement," Antiques 87, no. 5 (May 1965): 498, ill.
"John S. Walton Antiques, Inc., advertisement," Antiques 127, no. 3 (March 1985): 490, ill.
Christopher P. Monkhouse and Thomas S. Michie, American Furniture in Pendleton House (Providence: RISD Museum, 1986), 96, fig. 38e.
Sotheby's, New York, Important American Furniture and Folk Art: Including Hudson River Paintings from the Collection of Maitland Lee Griggs, sale cat. (October 14, 1989), lot 335, ill.
"Sotheby's advertisement," Antiques 136, no. 3 (September 1989): 397, ill.
Sotheby's, New York, Important Americana, sale cat. (January 21–22, 2000), 346–47, lot 675, ill.
Lita Solis-Cohen, "Good Folk Art Entices Bidders to Spend Big Bucks," Maine Antique Digest (June 2003): 29–A, ill.
Sotheby's, New York, Important Americana, sale cat. (May 22, 2003), 154–55, lot 877, ill.
"Noteworthy Sales," Antiques and Fine Art (Summer 2003): 20, ill.
"Sotheby's advertisement," Antiques and the Arts Weekly (May 16, 2003), 105, ill.