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Townsend chest up for auction

January 18, 2012

A piece of East Greenwich history is expected to fetch seven digits when it goes up for bid this weekend at the famous Sotheby's auction house in New York City.

A shell-carved and figured mahogany high chest of drawers with open talons, owned by Lt. Col. Oliver Arnold and Mary Oliver Arnold in the 18th century and built by renowned Colonial-era cabinetmaker John Townsend, is part of the Important Americana auction scheduled tomorrow and Saturday at the auction house.

The chest is expected to draw a winning bid of $2 million to $3 million, according to the house's online guide, adding that it is in virtually untouched condition and retains its original surface and all original parts.

For more on the story, check out the Jan. 19 edition of the East Greenwich Pendulum.

Southern Rhode Island Newspapers
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