Side chair (one of a pair)

1804–10
Probably by Thomas Seymour (American (born in England), 1771–1848), and Possibly John Seymour (American (born in England), 1738–1818)


Object Place: Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Catalogue Raisonné

Eighteenth-Century American Arts No. 116

Dimensions

Overall: 88.9 x 48.3 x 40.6 cm (35 x 19 x 16 in.)

Accession Number

41.610a

Medium or Technique

Mahogany, crotch-satinwood or birch veneer, birch

On View

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

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Seating and beds

This chair and its pair, exhibited nearby, were based on a design in “London Chair-Maker’ and Carvers’ Book of Prices for Workmanship” (1802). The Seymours brought this design to life by playing light satinwood or birch veneers against dark mahogany. The crest rail with its carved, turned, and veneered elements; the delicate tracery of the back rails; and the raking front legs demonstrate the Seymours’s impressive technical skill. Their shop was the only one in Boston known to have produced a chair of this complex design; they issued it in several variations.

Provenance

Purchased from Antiques Gallery (Jacobs); gift of Mr. and Mrs. Maxim Karolik for "The"M. and M. Karolik Collection of Eighteenth-Century American Arts" (Accession Date October 9, 1941)

Credit Line

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