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Attributed to John Townsend, American (Newport, Rhode Island), 1733–1809. One of a pair of card tables, circa 1794. Mahogany, chestnut, satinwood, maple and birch, 28 1/8 x 33 7/8 x 16 1/2 (33-523). The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri. Purchase: William Rockhill Nelson Trust, 33-523
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Card table, one of a pair

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


27 1/4 34 15 1/2 in. (69.215 86.36 39.37 cm)


ca. 1794

Current location

Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri


Made in Newport, Rhode Island
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Mahogany (primary), shaded holly (inlays); maple (hinged rail); white pine (stationary rail); yellow poplar (drawer sides); chestnut (drawer bottom)






Colonel John Cooke (1744–1812), Middletown, Rhode Island; by descent to Rhoda Cooke; by descent to William Cooke Gray; by descent to George Wanton Gray; by descent to Thomas T. Gray; by descent to Phoebe McCorrie Gray Durfee; sold to Philip Flayderman, Boston; consigned by his estate to American Art Association, Anderson Galleries, Inc., New York, January 2–4, 1930, lot 470; sold to Israel Sack, Inc., Boston, and New York; consigned to American Art Association, Anderson Galleries, Inc., New York, January 9, 1932, lot 40 (unsold); sold by Israel Sack to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Fine Art, Kansas City, Missouri, 1933

Associated names

Thomas T. Gray
Phoebe McCorrie Gray Durfee
Philip Flayderman
Israel Sack, Inc.
American Art Association
Colonel John Cooke
George Wanton Gray
Rhoda Cooke


This table was one of four virtually identical tables sold in the Flayderman sale in 1930, two of which bore John Townsend's label and two of which did not. The tables were sold in two lots, each of which had a labeled and unlabeled table. Slight differences in construction between the labeled and unlabeled tables suggest they were made at different times. This table is the mate to the unlabeled table formerly in the Chipstone Foundation collection (RIF149). Source: Liza and Michael Moses, "Authenticating John Townsend's Later Tables," Antiques 119 (May 1981): 1153, figs. 2–3; Morrison H. Heckscher, John Townsend: Newport Cabinetmaker (New York, 2005), 162–163.

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See also


American Art Association and Anderson Galleries, New York, One Hundred Important American Antiques, sale cat. (January 9, 1932), 52–53, lot 40.