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From: Gronning and Coes, "The Early Work of John Townsend in the Christopher Townsend Shop Tradition,"American Furniture(2013):21
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Slant-front desk


Object number

RIF459

Maker

Maker attributed Christopher Townsend, 1701-1787

Dimensions

106.68 x 92.71 x 55.88 cm (42 x 36 1/2 x 22 in.)

Date

1750–1755

Current location

Private collection

Geography

Made in Newport, Rhode Island
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Medium

Mahogany (primary); yellow poplar, chestnut, cedrela, and white pine (secondary)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

Mark, possibly "JE," conjoined, in graphite, on one interior drawer; "A," "C," and "D," in grahite, on exterior drawers; some number, in chalk, on interior drawers. Source: Erik Gronning and Amy Coes, “The Early Work of John Townsend in the Christopher Townsend Shop Tradition,” American Furniture (Milwaukee, Wis., The Chipstone Foundation, 2013):21, 46n16

Provenance

Elizabeth Diamond Church. Harry Arons, Ansonia, Connecticut, 1963. Thomas Mellon Evans (1911–1997) and Betty Barton Evans (1923–2013), New York; consigned to Sotheby's, New York, June 19, 1998, lot 2144

Associated names

Elizabeth Diamond Church
Harry Arons Antiques, Inc.
Thomas Mellon Evans
Betty Barton Evans
Sotheby's

Construction

According to the Sotheby's sale catalogue, the feet are replaced.

Bibliography

Ralph E. Carpenter, Jr., The Arts and Crafts of Newport, Rhode Island, 1640–1820 (Newport, R.I.: Preservation Society of Newport County, 1954), 74, no. 46, Detail, p. 206, Supplement 46, ill.
"Harry Arons advertisement," Antiques 83, no. 3 (March 1963): 283.
Sotheby's, New York, Important American Furniture from the Collection of the Late Thomas Mellon and Betty Evans, sale cat. (June 19, 1998), 139–141, lot 2144, ill.
Erik Gronning and Amy Coes, "The Early Work of John Townsend in the Christopher Townsend Shop Tradition," American Furniture (2013): 20–22, fig. 44–46.