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Tea table

Object number



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


27 5/8 34 21 1/8 in. (70.168 86.36 53.658 cm)



Current location

Private Collection


Made in Newport, Rhode Island
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Mahogany (primary); yellow poplar (cross brace); chestnut (blocks)


Probably sold at auction, Seattle, Washington, before 1959; Elizabeth Dille, Essex, Connecticut, about 1959; sold to Israel Sack, Inc., New York, by 1985; sold to private collection, 1985

Associated names

Israel Sack, Inc.
Elizabeth Dille

See also


Morrison H. Heckscher, John Townsend: Newport Cabinetmaker, exh. cat. (New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2005), 88–89, no. 7, ill.
American Antiques from Israel Sack Collection, 10 vols. (Washington, D.C.: Highland House Publishers, 1957–89), vol. 8, pp. 2184–85, no. P5640, ill.
Michael Moses, Master Craftsmen of Newport: The Townsends and Goddards (Tenafly, N.J.: MMI Americana Press, 1984), xii, fig. frontispiece.
"Israel Sack, Inc., advertisement," Antiques 127, no. 1 (January 1985): inside front cover, ill.
Sotheby's, New York, Property of the Goddard Family, sale cat. (January 22, 2005), 40, 42, fig. 13.
Albert Sack, "Regionalism in Early American Tea Tables," Antiques 131, no. 1 (January 1987): 257, pl. 5, ill.
Wendy A. Cooper, "The Kaufman Collection," Antiques 179, no. 3 (May–June 2012): 113, fig. 9.
Patricia E. Kane et al., Art and Industry in Early America: Rhode Island Furniture, 1650–1830, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2016), 330n5.
Oscar P. Fitzgerald, American Furniture: 1650 to the Present (Lanham, Md.: The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, Inc., 2018), 48, 50, fig. 3.21.