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High chest of drawers

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The extraordinary carving of shell, knee, and foot; the drawer arrangement; and the construction details firmly link this chest to the shop of John Townsend, who was just beginning a long career that established him as one of Newport's most celebrated furniture makers. Mahogany high chests were...

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Purchased, probably from Adele Nicolay, niece of Miss Potter of Kingston, Rhode Island, for the "M. & M. Karolik Collection of Eighteenth-Century American Arts"

Credit Line

The M. and M. Karolik Collection of Eighteenth-Century American Arts

About 1756–59

Object Place

Newport, Rhode Island

Catalogue Raisonné

Eighteenth-century American Arts No. 32


221.61 x 99.06 x 51.75 cm (87 1/4 x 39 x 20 3/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Mahogany, white pine




Furniture, Case Furniture and Boxes