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Card table


Object number

RIF332

Maker

Maker Unknown
Maker, formerly attributed to John Townsend, American, 1732/33?1809

Dimensions

27 3/4 36 17 1/2 in. (70.5 91.4 44.5 cm)

Date

1770–90

Current location

Unknown

Geography

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

Medium

Mahogany (primary); maple (hinged and stationary rails); pine (cross brace and blocks)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

None

Style

Chippendale

Provenance

William Bluck and Company, Hamilton, Bermuda; sold to Ralph E. Carpenter, Jr., (1909–2009), Scarsdale, New York, and later Newport, Rhode Island; by descent to his wife Roberta Carpenter (1938–2019), Newport, Rhode Island; consigned to Christie's, New York, January 24, 2020, lot 315 (unsold); Christie's, New York, January 21–22, 2021, lot 175

Associated names

Ralph E. Carpenter, Jr.
Roberta L. Carpenter
William Bluck and Company
Christie's

Bibliography

Ralph E. Carpenter, Jr., "Mowbra Hall and a Collection of Period Rooms: Part I," Connoisseur 180 (June 1972): 81, fig. 3–4.
Laura Beach, "The Past Is Present in Newport: A Couple's Lifelong Love of Antiques," Antiques and Fine Art 6, no. 2 (Summer 2005): 121, ill.
Christie's, New York, Important American Furniture, Folk Art and Silver, sale cat. (January 24, 2020), 97, lot 316, ill.
Christie's New York, New York, In Praise of America: Important American Furniture, Folk Art, Silver, Prints and Broadsides, sale cat. (January 21–22, 2021), 66, lot 175, ill.