Card table

Maker: John Townsend (1732–1809)

Date: ca. 1786

Geography: Made in Newport, Rhode Island, United States

Culture: American

Medium: Mahogany, maple, chestnut, tulip poplar

Dimensions: Closed: 27 1/4 x 33 7/8 x 16 7/8 in. (69.2 x 86 x 42.9 cm)

Classification: Furniture

Credit Line: Egleston Fund, 1927

Accession Number: 27.161


This deceptively plain table is one of the masterpieces of John Townsend's late oeuvre. It is fashioned from the densest of Cuban or San Domingo mahoganies and retains its original oiled finish. Both the visible stop-fluting and cross-hatching and the interior construction are executed with machinelike precision. The table descended in the Champlin family of Newport, together with a 1765 block-and-shell chest (27.57.1) and a 1789 block-and-shell tall clock (27.57.2).