• Christies auction house James Christie logo

    Sale 2109

    Property From The Collection OF George & Lesley Schoedinger

    18 January 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 513

    A Queen Anne Mahogany Dressing Table

    POSSIBLY CHRISTOPHER TOWNSEND (1701-1787) OR JOB TOWNSEND, SR. (1699-1765), NEWPORT, 1740-1750

    Price Realised  

    A Queen Anne Mahogany Dressing Table
    Possibly Christopher Townsend (1701-1787) or Job Townsend, Sr. (1699-1765), Newport, 1740-1750
    Appears to retain its original brasses on top and lower side drawers
    34½ in. high, 34½ in. wide, 23¼ in. deep

    Contact Client Service
    • info@christies.com

    • New York +1 212 636 2000

    • London +44 (0)20 7839 9060

    • Hong Kong +852 2760 1766

    • Shanghai +86 21 6355 1766

    Exhibiting characteristics of high style Newport furniture of the 1740s, this dressing table was most likely made by one of the city's two leading cabinetmakers of the period, Christopher Townsend (1701-1787) or his brother, Job Townsend, Sr. (1699-1765). The slender cabriole legs with slipper feet, dovetailed case and joining of the legs with glueblocks are all hallmarks of Newport craftsmanship and contrast with the mortise-and-tenon joinery seen on dressing tables from other regions. With notched ogee shaping and a central raised double arch, the skirt profile on the table is closely related to that on a high chest made by Christopher Townsend in 1748 (fig. 1). Two other high chests with the same skirt design are also believed to illustrate the work of Christopher or Job prior to 1750 (Luke Beckerdite, "The Early Furniture of Christopher and Job Townsend," American Furniture 2000 (Milwaukee, WI, 2000), pp. 10-16, 24-25, figs. 20, 28, 40).


    Nathan Liverant and Son, Colchester, Connecticut, 1996