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    Sale 2109

    Property From The Collection OF George & Lesley Schoedinger

    18 January 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 526

    A Pair of Federal Inlaid Mahogany Card Tables

    POSSIBLY JOHN TOWNSEND (1733-1809), NEWPORT, CIRCA 1800

    Price Realised  

    A Pair of Federal Inlaid Mahogany Card Tables
    Possibly John Townsend (1733-1809), Newport, circa 1800
    29 in. high, 35 in. wide, 17½ in. deep (2)


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    With matching grain and veneers, these Newport card tables are among a few which have survived intact as a true pair. Accentuated by subtle line stringing, a central inlaid paterae, sweeping curvilinear frames, and sleek tapering legs, these tables illustrate the quality of craftsmanship associated with cabinetmakers from the Townsend and Goddard families. The fluted edges of the top leaves, serpentine facades, blocked corners and beaded skirts are all features seen on Chippendale examples of this form, which lack the inlaid decoration and display stop-fluted legs (Nancy E. Richards and Nancy Goyne Evans, New England Furniture at Winterthur: Queen Anne and Chippendale Periods (Winterthur, DE, 1997), p. 271, cat. 142). As the only known tables of this type with inlaid ornament, they stand as rare, Federal-era examples of a popular Chippendale form.

    Provenance

    Christie's New York, October 23, 1993, lot 282
    Alan Miller, Quakertown, Pennsylvania