Secretary-bookcase

1806–10
Attributed to Thomas Seymour (American (born in England), 1771–1848), and Possibly John Seymour (American (born in England), 1738–1818)


Object Place: Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Catalogue Raisonné

Eighteenth-century American Arts No. 23

Dimensions

216.22 x 93.98 x 51.75 cm (85 1/8 x 37 x 20 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

39.157

Medium or Technique

Mahogany, bird's-eye maple, eastern white pine, ash, and brass

On View

Prudence S. and William M. Crozier, Jr. Gallery (Gallery 121)

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Case furniture and boxes

The Seymour preference for contrasting passages of light and dark woods is expressed here to great effect through the use of curly maple and mahogany veneers. According to family history, this secretary-bookcase descended from John Amory, Jr., whose portrait by Gilbert Stuart is on view nearby. Thomas Seymour rented space from Amory for his Boston Furniture Warehouse, and it is likely that he made several pieces for his landlord.

Inscription

"Cambridgeport Boston" in pencil on the right letter-drawer side
"X1" and "X2" are in pencil on the top surfaces of the drawers sides

Provenance

Inherited by Mrs. Karolik from her great-grandfather, John Amory, Jr., of Boston.

Credit Line

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