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Slant-front desk

Object number



Maker, formerly attributed to Job Townsend, Jr., 1726–1778
Maker, attributed to Job Townsend, Sr., 1699–1765


43 42 24 3/4 in. (109.2 106.7 62.9 cm)



Current location



Made in Newport, Rhode Island
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Walnut (primary); cedar (drawer inings of interior drawers); pine (board below desk interior, exterior drawer bottoms, bottom board, drawer supports); yellow poplar (exterior drawer sides, backing of drawer dividers, batten, block behind front rail, blocks on feet)


"3," in graphite, on interior back and front corner of lowest proper right interior drawer; "4," in graphite, on interior back of drawer at proper right of prospect drawers


John S. Walton, New York; sold to Ralph E. Carpenter, Jr. (1909–2009), Scarsdale, New York and later Newport, Rhode Island; by descent to his wife Roberta L. Carpenter (1938–2019), Newport, Rhode Island; consigned to Christie's, New York, January 24, 2020, lot 320 (unsold); Christie's, New York, January 21–22, 2021, lot 177

Associated names

Ralph E. Carpenter, Jr.
Roberta L. Carpenter
John S. Walton, Inc.


Laura Beach, "The Past Is Present in Newport: A Couple's Lifelong Love of Antiques," Antiques and Fine Art 6, no. 2 (Summer 2005): 125, ill.
Christie's, New York, Important American Furniture, Folk Art and Silver, sale cat. (January 24, 2020), 100, lot 320, ill.
Christie's New York, New York, In Praise of America: Important American Furniture, Folk Art, Silver, Prints and Broadsides, sale cat. (January 21–22, 2021), 67, lot 177, ill.