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
Eighteenth-Century American Arts No. 106
Overall: 96.5 x 57.2 x 49.5 cm (38 x 22 1/2 x 19 1/2 in.)
Medium or Technique
Mahogany, maple and modern upholstery
Richard and Mary B. Saltonstall Gallery (Gallery 121B)
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.
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."
The M. and M. Karolik Collection of Eighteenth-Century American Arts