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From: Gronning and Coes, "The Early Work of John Townsend in the Christopher Townsend Shop Tradition,"American Furniture(2013):40
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Card table

Object number



Maker attributed John Townsend, American, 1732–1809


Closed: 27 1/2 x 35 1/2 x 18 1/2 in. (69.85 x 90.17 x 46.99 cm)



Current location

The Chipstone Foundation


Possibly made in Newport or Providence, Rhode Island
(view a map of Rhode Island)


Mahogany (primary); mahogany (upper cross brace); maple (stationary and hinged rails); white pine (glue blocks)




Faint graphite [possibly "M"], on exterior of hinged rails




Stephen Hopkins (1707–1785), Providence, Rhode Island; by descent in his family; Israel Sack, Inc., New York, 1954; sold to Charles K. Davis (1889–1968), Fairfield, Connecticut, 1954. John S. Walton, Inc., New York, 1970; sold to Polly Mariner Stone (1898–1995) and Stanley Stone (1896–1987), Fox Point, Wisconsin, 1970; bequeathed by Stanley Stone to The Chipstone Foundation, Fox Point, Wisconsin, 1987

Associated names

Stephen Hopkins
Charles K. Davis
Israel Sack, Inc.
John S. Walton, Inc.
Stanley Stone
Polly Mariner Stone


The skirt front is a long mahogany rail tenoned into the front legs. The front ends of the skirt sides are tenoned into the front legs, and the rear rail of the skirt sides are dovetailed to a long maple rear rail. A mahogany cross brace stretches between the mahogany front and the maple rear rail immediately under the center of the top. A similar cross brace is positioned below the top brace and is dovetailed to the lower end of both the front and rear skirt rails. The rear legs swing out on maple hinged rails attached to either end of a stationary rail by means of rounded knuckle joints. The stationary rail is nailed to the center part of the rear skirt rail and is also of maple. Two leaf-edge tenons are attached to the rear edge of the folding leaf. Vertical pine blocks reinforce the corners of the table interior; horizontal ones are attached to the top and rails. Source: Oswaldo Rodriguez Roque,American Furniture at Chipstone (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1984), 322.


Some Rhode Island card tables on cabriole legs with claw-and-ball front feet and pad rear feet have blocked corners, as well as blocking at the center of the front skirt. See the related examples below.

See also


Ralph E. Carpenter, Jr., The Arts and Crafts of Newport, Rhode Island, 1640–1820 (Newport, R.I.: Preservation Society of Newport County, 1954), 90, 209, no. 62.
"John S. Walton, Inc., advertisement," Antiques 98, no. 6 (December 1970): 828, ill.
Oswaldo Rodriguez Roque, American Furniture at Chipstone (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1984), xxx, 322–323, no. 151.
Ann Smart Martin, Makers and Users: American Decorative Arts, 1630–1820, from the Chipstone Collection, exh. cat. (Madison, Wis.: Elvehjem Museum of Art, 1999), 32, no. 21, p.12 fig. 4.
Luke Beckerdite and Alan Miller, "Furniture Fakes from the Chipstone Collection," American Furniture, 2002 (2002): 71, fig. 34.
Erik Gronning and Amy Coes, "The Early Work of John Townsend in the Christopher Townsend Shop Tradition," American Furniture (2013): 39–41, fig. 90.