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John Townsend Bonnet-Top Highboy
with ball & claw front feet and shell
mahogany, 86"h, 40"w, 23"d   

A highly evolved form of a John Townsend highboy, representing the work of Townsend at his most mature style. The ball and claw front feet are overcut with open talons, giving them a powerful grasp. The front knees are finely carved in the Townsend style. The base shell is deeply carved with a fully detailed palmette center. The upper case is framed by fluted quarter columns and a closed pediment and crowned with a fluted urn-and-spiral finial atop a fluted plinth.

The John Townsend bonnet-top highboy is built in the exact manner of the original with hand-dovetailed upper and lower case and drawer construction. The front is from one board to ensure uniform figuring in the mahogany. The result has all the stately presence of an original.

similar examples: Moses p.180, Flanigan p. 27-30

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