Newport Chippendale Block Front Chest

   This Reproduction Chippendale Block Front Chest is handmade of solid mahogany.  This Block and Shell chest is a reproduction of a John Townsend original made in Newport Rhode Island in the 18th century. I measured two different original chests to ensure every detail down to the bead size on the apron was accurate to the originals..   Examples of this chest can be seen at the Metropolitan Museum, and Colonial Williamsburg. A Newport Block Front Chest “ the Sarah Slocum Chest”  sold at Christie’s for 4.7 million dollars in 1998.  Different chest with the same design were made by John Townsend in Newport,Rhode Island in the 18th Century from 1750-1792.   ht: 34 1/2”  wd: 36 3/4”  dp: 20”

      This chest is handmade with the same techniques as the original. Hand cut dovetail joinery throughout, hand shaped drawer fronts and drawer dividers and hand shaped moldings to match the originals. The tree shells on the top drawer are hand carved. This chest can be custom finished.  If you are interested in this chest, The Sarah Slocum Chest, another style block front chest or any other antique reproduction,  Contact Us with to discuss details or with any other question you have.

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