Armchair, Neoclassical

Bergere

1804–10
Probably by Thomas Seymour (American (born in England), 1771–1848), Possibly by John Seymour (American (born in England), 1738–1818), Possibly by James Cogswell (American, 1780–1862), Carving attributed to Thomas Wightman (American, active 1802–1820)


Object Place: Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Catalogue Raisonné

Eighteenth-Century American Arts No. 106

Dimensions

Overall: 96.5 x 57.2 x 49.5 cm (38 x 22 1/2 x 19 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

23.33

Medium or Technique

Mahogany, maple and modern upholstery

On View

Richard and Mary B. Saltonstall Gallery (Gallery 121B)

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Seating and beds

These armchairs are unique American examples of a form illustrated in “A View of the Prince of Wales’s Chinese Drawing Room,” first published in the 1793 edition of Thomas Sheraton’s “The Cabinetmaker’s and Upholsterer’s Drawing Book.” Two armchairs were listed in the parlor in the 1814 estate inventory.

Provenance

Originally owned by Elizabeth West Derby. Descended in Derby, West, and Lander families; to Louisa (West) Lander; acquired by Miss Martha (Codman) Karolik (a cousin); on loan to the Museum in 1921; acquired in 1923, and incorporated into the Museum as part of the "The M. and M. Karolik Collection of Eighteenth-Century American Arts."

Credit Line

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