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Newport Bonnet-top Highboy
with slipper feet and shell
mahogany, 87"h, 41"w, 21 1/2"d

A perfect example of the restrained use of ornament in Newport furniture, this highboy of Townsend design features a single shell in its base. The base stands on graceful cabriole legs ending in slipper feet. The shell incorporates a fleur-de-lis center (as seen in early John Townsend designs) and is integrated perfectly into the apron profile. The upper case has an open pediment and a central turned urn finial on a fluted plinth. On the whole, it's a striking composition that exudes elegance and grace as few other American highboys can.

This example follows the Newport tradition of fully dovetailed upper and lower case construction, with drawers dovetailed in the Townsend manner. It is a perfect design to pair with well-figured wood.

similar example: Sack p. 192

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