Greene · Newport
Newport Bonnet-Top Highboy
After a Christopher (or early John) Townsend original, this example illustrates that the essence of Newport design is outstanding proportion combined with elegance of line. This highboy begins with sculptural Townsend cabriole legs with slipper feet supporting a base that uses a curved apron and single drop as its only ornament. The upper case is similarly void of ornamental detail with the exception of a single turned finial on a fluted plinth. The lack of ornament allows the shape to be the predominant design element. The legs, base apron, and open pediment successfully give the piece the light, ethereal look sought after at the time it was made.
This example follows the Newport standard of fully dovetailed upper and lower case construction, with drawers dovetailed in the Townsend manner as well. It is a perfect design to highlight well-figured wood.