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Desk and bookcase

Object number



Maker Unknown
Maker, formerly attributed to Job Townsend, Sr., 1699?1765
Maker, formerly attributed to John Goddard, American, 1723?1785


98 39 22 in. (248.921 99.06 55.88 cm)



Current location


Made in Newport, Rhode Island
(view a map of Rhode Island)


Mahogany (primary)


"Mr. Robart Her[illegible]ker" in chalk on the underside of the bottom drawer




Israel Sack, Inc., New York, 1950; I. Winick, Inc., New York, August 1950; John S. Walton, New York, 1950; Israel Sack, Inc., New York, 1950; Mr. C. C. Hall, Richmond, Virginia, 1950–1965; sold to John S. Walton, Inc., 1965; sold to Mr. and Mrs. Dudley Catzen, Baltimore, 1964; sold to John Walton, Inc., Griswold and Jewett City, Connecticut, 1984. Sotheby's, New York, October 13–14, 1989, lot 335. Sotheby's, New York, January 21–22, 2000, lot 675. Sotheby's, May 22, 2003, lot 877; sold to Heller-Washam Antqiues, Portland, Maine, and Woodbury, Connecticut; sold to a private collection, 2003

Associated names

Israel Sack, Inc.
I. Winick, Inc.
C. C. Hall
Dudley I. Catzen
Heller Washam Antiques
John S. Walton
John S. Walton, Inc.
John Walton, Inc.


Albert Sack, Fine Points of Furniture: Early American (New York: Crown Publishers, 1950), 158, ill.
"John S. Walton Antiques, Inc., advertisement," Antiques 87, no. 5 (May 1965): 498, ill.
"John S. Walton Antiques, Inc., advertisement," Antiques 127, no. 3 (March 1985): 490, ill.
Christopher P. Monkhouse and Thomas S. Michie, American Furniture in Pendleton House (Providence: Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, 1986), 96, fig. 38e.
Sotheby's, New York, Important American Furniture and Folk Art: Including Hudson River Paintings from the Collection of Maitland Lee Griggs, sale cat. (October 14, 1989), lot 335, ill.
"Sotheby's advertisement," Antiques 136, no. 3 (September 1989): 397, ill.
Sotheby's, New York, Important Americana, sale cat. (January 21–22, 2000), 346–47, lot 675, ill.
Lita Solis-Cohen, "Good Folk Art Entices Bidders to Spend Big Bucks," Maine Antique Digest (June 2003): 29–A, ill.
Sotheby's, New York, Important Americana, sale cat. (May 22, 2003), 154–55, lot 877, ill.
"Noteworthy Sales," Antiques and Fine Art (Summer 2003): 20, ill.
"Sotheby's advertisement," Antiques and the Arts Weekly (May 16, 2003): 105, ill.