This chest has many of the characteristics of those made by the Goddards and Townsends of Newport, Rhode Island. Its block front form, with detailed carved shells and scrolled ogee feet, is considered by many to be the ultimate in American furniture. Our chest most likely originated in Providence, Rhode Island. It is somewhat more provincial than those made in Newport, both in design an construction. A likely attribution for the chest is Cabinetmaker Grindall Rawson, who was well-renowned for his Block and Shell creations. Rawson’s work was primarily in cherry woods. our Block and Shell Chest is offered in cherry and tiger maple.