Console table

Pier table (one of a pair)

1804–09
Attributed to Thomas Seymour (American (born in England), 1771–1848), With John Seymour (American (born in England), 1738–1818), and Possibly James Cogswell (American, 1780–1862), Carving attributed to Thomas Wightman (American, active 1802–1820)


Object Place: Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Dimensions

Overall: 88.9 x 130.8 x 61 cm (35 x 51 1/2 x 24 in.)

Accession Number

1972.430

Medium or Technique

Mahogany, satinwood veneer, unidentified burl veneer, rosewood veneer, ebony veneer, birch, eastern white pine, cherry, tulip poplar, brass

On View

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

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Tables, stands, screens

This is one of the most extraordinary objects in the Oak Hill rooms. This table and its mate descended in the Derby family to the donor, Richard Edwards of Peru, Indiana. Rare in form and decoration, the tables have exceptionally fine carving on the legs and along the top edge and an inlayed, Greek-key motif and veneer on the top surface, epitomizing the highest level of Neoclassicism in Boston.

Provenance

Elizabeth Derby West and Nathaniel West; by descent to Nathaniel West, Jr.; by descent to Richard Edwards, Peru, Indiana (Accession Date June 7, 1972)

Credit Line

Gift of Richard Edwards