Sideboard

1800–12
Attributed to 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. 47

Dimensions

Overall: 114.3 x 171.5 x 73.3 cm (45 x 67 1/2 x 28 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

39.160

Medium or Technique

Mahogany, bird's eye maple veneer, birch, chestnut, eastern white pine, soft maple, cut-glass and brass pulls

On View

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

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Case furniture and boxes

American sideboards featuring a serpentine front and a stepped-back upper tier of drawers are derived from Scottish examples. While the Seymours occasionally made furniture in this form (a slightly larger example is also on view in this gallery), no other Boston cabinetmaking shop seems to have produced them. The sideboard is one of several Seymour pieces that descended in the Amory family.

Provenance

Amory family of Boston; acquired for "The M. & M. Karolik Collection of Eighteenth-Century American Arts" (Accession Date January 12, 1939)

Credit Line

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