Bedside stand

Basin Stand

Attributed to Thomas Seymour (American (born in England), 1771–1848), and Possibly John Seymour (American (born in England), 1738–1818)

Object Place: Boston, Massachusetts

Catalogue Raisonné

Eighteenth-Century American Arts No. 73


Overall: 85.1 x 45.1 x 49.8 cm (33 1/2 x 17 3/4 x 19 5/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Mahogany, purpleheart and curly-satinwood veneers and rosewood crossbanding, eastern white pine, ash, brass, and marble top

On View

James and Darcy Marsh Gallery (Gallery 121D)




Tables, stands, screens

Thomas Sheraton, British author of design books and arbiter of taste, described the bedside or basin stand as “a useful piece of furniture for night occasions.” Price books usually advertised the stands together with seats accommodating a chamber pot


Gift of Maxim Karolik for the M. and M. Karolik Collection of 18th century American Arts
From R. Mussey catalog: This is said to have been purchased from the Lyman family in Waltham, Mass, by Isreal Sack. Sack sold it in 1940 to the Karoliks/MFA.

Credit Line

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