Greene · Newport
Townsend Block-Front Chest
mahogany, 34 1/2"h, 37"w, 20"d
The crisp precision of John Townsend is evident in this four-drawer block-front chest design. The top drawer features three highly detailed Townsend shells with later basket palmette centers. The blocking continues down over four drawers and the ogee base molding to terminate in tight volutes on the ogee feet. In keeping with John Townsend's style, the proportions are near square and the features are detailed.
All the blocked drawers, molding, and feet are cut from the solid, and the joinery is by dovetails in Townsend's precise manner throughout. Drawer fronts are taken from a single plank for consistency. This example has later Federal-era brasses, but earlier (and larger) Chippendale-style brasses are equally appropriate.
similar examples: Sack p. 111 or Moses p. 76.