Greene · Newport
Townsend Block-Front Chest
mahogany, 32 1/2"h, 36"w, 20"d
A three-drawer block-front chest in the relaxed style of Edmund Townsend. Edmund Townsend likely created more block-front case pieces than any of his contemporaries in 18th-century Newport. His prolific work and proficiency in this style resulted in compositions that are balanced and comfortable. The graceful design belies the difficulty of the work involved.
Here the blocked front is topped with three fully hand-carved shells with traditional palmette centers on the top drawer. The fully blocked drawers are cut entirely from solid stock and from the same plank for a uniform appearance. The blocking extends through the ogee base molding and ends in volutes on the feet. the case and drawers are all fully hand-dovetailed in the manner of Edmund Townsend.
similar example: Moses plate 19