Greene · Newport
Townsend Kneehole Bureau
mahogany, 34"h, 36"w, 20½"d
The Newport four-shell kneehole bureau as made by John Townsend is near square in proportions and highly detailed in its carving. The top drawer features three shells with palmette centers in Townsend's crisply detailed style, and the kneehole door has one more. The blocked form extends down the drawer fronts, base molding, and feet to end in crisp carved volutes.
The case and drawers are joined with hand-cut dovetails in John Townsend's precise and detailed style. The blocked drawers are cut from solid mahogany taken from one plank for uniform color and graining.
similar example: Moses plate 23