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Edmund Townsend Kneehole Bureau
mahogany, 33"h, 36"w, 20"d

A four-shell kneehole bureau after an original by Edmund Townsend, Newport's most prolific maker of kneeholes. The kneehole bureaus are similar to block-front chests, but added the center kneehole and additional feet for more visual interest. The shells are in Edmund Townsend's signature style with  palmette centers, and the blocking extends down the facade, base molding, and feet to terminate in carved volutes.  The block-and-shell kneehole door opens to reveal two shelves. 

The drawers and case are fully dovetailed throughout. The drawer fronts are carved from the solid and taken from one plank of mahogany for consistency.

similar example: Moses p. 285