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Card table, one of a pair

Object number



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


27 1/4 34 15 1/2 in. (69.215 86.36 39.37 cm) Height: 27 1/4 in. (69.215 cm) Width: 34 in. (86.36 cm) Depth, closed: 15 1/2 in. (39.37 cm)


ca. 1794

Current location

Private Collection


Made in Newport, Rhode Island
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Mahogany (primary); yellow poplar and chestnut (secondary)


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 471; sold to Israel Sack, Inc., Boston, and New York; sold to Joseph H. Hirshhorn, New York; consigned to Parke-Bernet Galleries, Inc., New York, December 10, 1948, lot 215; sold to Polly Mariner Stone (1898–1995) and Stanley Stone (1896–1987), Fox Point, Wisconsin; bequeathed by Stanley Stone to The Chipstone Foundation, Fox Point, Wisconsin, 1987; sold to a private collection, by 2005

Associated names

Philip Flayderman
American Art Association
Anderson Galleries
Thomas T. Gray
Phoebe McCorrie Gray Durfee
William Cooke Gray
George Wanton Gray
Rhoda Cooke
Colonel John Cooke
Stanley Stone
The Chipstone Foundation
Parke-Bernet Galleries, Inc.
Joseph H. Hirshhorn
Israel Sack, Inc.
Polly Mariner Stone


The rear legs swing out to support the fully opened folding tops. The front and side frame rails are serpentine and made of shaped mahogany; they are tenoned to the upper part of the front legs. The rear frame rail is poplar and is dovetailed to the back ends of the side frame rails. A stationary mahogany block is nailed to the center of the back side of the rear frame rail. The mahogany hinged rails, tenonoed to the upper parts of the rear legs, are attached to this stationary block by means of rounded knuckle joints. Just below the table top, three thin poplar cross braces run between, and are dovetailed to the tops of the front and rear frame rails, at roughly equally spaced intervals. Screws driven from below attach the top to these braces. Two poplar cross braces also bridge the lower ends of the front and rear rails in a similar manner. A cock-beaded opening in the right frame rail accommodates a drawer. The drawer supports are chestnut rails attached to the frame rail and resting on top of the nearest lower cross brace. Yet another brace, this time made of chestnut and running between, and attached to, the two upper cross braces nearest to the drawer opening, keeps the drawer from tilting and falling when open. The drawer has poplar sides, dovetailed to a mahogany front and to a poplar back; the bottom is chestnut, nailed to the front, sides, and back. Source: Oswaldo Rodriguez Roque, American Furniture at Chipstone (Madison, Wis.: University of Wisconsin Press, 1984), 328.


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 at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art (RIF5501). 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


Oswaldo Rodriguez Roque, American Furniture at Chipstone (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1984), 328–329, no. 154, ill.
Anderson Galleries and American Art Association, New York, Colonial Furniture, Silver, and Decorations: The Collection of the Late Philip Flayderman, sale cat. (January 2–4, 1930), 220, lot 471, ill.
Morrison H. Heckscher, John Townsend: Newport Cabinetmaker, exh. cat. (New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2005), 162.
Ralph E. Carpenter, Jr., The Arts and Crafts of Newport, Rhode Island, 1640–1820 (Newport, R.I.: Preservation Society of Newport County, 1954), 97.
Alice Winchester, "Living with Antiques, The Milwaukee Home of Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Stone," Antiques 69, no. 5 (May 1956): 436.
Parke-Bernet Galleries, Inc., New York, Choice Old English Silver, K'ang Hsi Porcelains, Important XVIII Century American Furniture from Four Private Collections, sale cat. (December 10, 1948), 62–63, lot 215.
Thomas E. Norton, 100 Years of Collecting in America: The Story of Sotheby Parke Bernet (New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1984), 148, ill.