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Object number



Maker Unknown


28 37 22 1/4 in. (71.12 93.98 56.52 cm)



Current location



Made in, Possibly made in Rhode Island
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Maple (primary); pine or possibly Atlantic white cedar (drawer sides)




"SOLD BY / JOHN C. R. TOMPKINS / ANTIQUES / MILLBROOK, N. Y.", printed in black / "Mr. George Paker, / Janesville, Wisconsin.," typewritten, on paper label glued to interior bottom of drawer


John C. R. Tompkins, Millbrook, New York; sold to George Safford Parker II (1929–2004), Janesville, Wisconsin, and later Marco, Florida; Caxambas Foundation, Milwaukee; consigned to Sotheby's, New York, January 19, 2017, lot 2103

Associated names

George Safford Parker II
Caxambas Foundation
John C. R. Tompkins Antiques


The oblong, rectangular top with breadboard ends contains a narrow, later strip of wood between its two boards. The flat-skirted rails are tenoned and double-wood-pinned to the rectilinear blocks atop the turned, tapering legs. The block atop the proper right front leg contains three wood pins. The rail above the drawer is wood-pinned to the flanking legs and nailed with brads to the underside of the top. Nailed to the inside faces of the transverse rails are later drawer supports. The lipped, thumb-molded drawer front joins its slightly shorter, flat-topped sides in dovetail joints having large, thick-necked pins. The multi-board, full-width drawer bottom is fixed to its drawer sides, front, and back with a variety of nails. The outside corners of the drawer-back tops are chamfered. The drawer front is prominently kerf-marked, the drawer sides slightly scribe-lined. On the underside of the drawer bottom are three transverse channels. The outset, shod pad feet have incised ankles. Examined by P.E. Kane, J.N. Johnson, T.B. Lloyd, January 16, 2017; notes compiled by T.B. Lloyd.


Sotheby's, New York, The Highly Important Americana Collection of George S. Parker II from the Caxambas Foundation, sale cat. (January 19, 2017), lot 2103.