Greene · Newport
mahogany, 89"h, 44"w, 24"d
To stand before a John Townsend chest-on-chest is to be in the presence of greatness. This is a monumental design by John Townsend with fluted quarter columns on both upper and lower cases. It stands on ogee bracket feet and is crowned with a closed pediment. The pediment has bookmatched panels and three fluted finials on fluted plinths. Bold brasses complete the facade and contrast handsomely with the rich mahogany.
Joinery throughout is by hand-cut dovetails in the precise manner of John Townsend. The mahogany for the drawer fronts is chosen carefully for the best graining and appearance.
The original is in the collection of the Newport Historical Society and may be seen at the Museum of Newport History in the Brick Market building on Washington Square.
similar example: Greene p. 69