Illustrated FURNITURE Glossary

John Townsend chest of drawers
On display in 2003 at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum, Williamsburg, Va

  • Block-front, shell carved

  • Newport, RI, dated 1790

  • John Townsend (labeled), a member of a large family of Newport cabinetmakers produced precisely the same form over a period of thirty years.

  • Primary woods: Swirl grained mahogany

  • Secondary woods: chestnut, tulip, poplar and maple secondary
  • Alternate name for chest of drawers: bureau

Photos and their arrangement 2005 Chuck LaChiusa
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