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Card tables, pair

Object number



Maker, formerly attributed to John Townsend, American, 1732/33–1809
Maker Unknown


29 35 17 1/4 in. (73.66 88.9 43.815 cm)



Current location



Made in Rhode Island
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Mahogany; pine (stationary rail, glue blocks); birch (hinged rails)






Christie's, New York, January 17–18, 1992, lot 465. Christie's, October 23, 1993, lot 282; sold to Alan Miller, Quakertown, Pennsylvania; sold to Lesley and George Schoedinger, Saint Louis, Missouri; consigned to Christie's, January 18, 2008, lot 526

Associated names

Alan Miller
George and Lesley Schoedinger


The top was originally held to the frame with glue blocks; screws in pockets have been added. The boards of the top are aligned with one leaf-edge tenon when open. The top of the swing legs are not rabbeted to fit under the back corner when the tables are closed. Filler blocks are used between the stationary rail and the hinged rail; the rails are fastened together with rose head nails driven through the rails and filler block near the hinge; the hinge has square teeth. Half-blind dovetails fasten the stationary rails to the side rails with half keys above and below and one full dovetail between them. The mortise and tenon joints of the rails and front legs are glued, but not pinned. The mortise and tenon joints on the swing legs have one pin. Examined by P. E. Kane and M. Taradash, January 15, 2008


Although these tables have been attributed to John Townsend, the filler construction of the stationary and hinged rails, the square kunckle joint, and the lack of a rabbet at the top of the swing leg do not conform to his construction techniques.

See also


Christie's, New York, Important American Furniture, Silver, Prints, Folk Art, and Decorative Arts, sale cat. (January 17–18, 1992), 239, lot 465, ill.
Christie's, New York, Property from the Collection of George and Lesley Schoedinger, sale cat. (January 18, 2008), lot 526, ill.
Christie's, New York, Important American Furniture, Folk Art, and Decorative Arts, sale cat. (October 23, 1993), 145, lot 282, ill.