Sideboard

1806–10
Attributed to Thomas Seymour (American (born in England), 1771–1848), and Possibly James Cogswell (American, 1780–1862), Carving attributed to Thomas Wightman (American, active 1802–1820)


Object Place: Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Catalogue Raisonné

Eighteenth-Century American Arts No. 46

Dimensions

108.6 x 165.7 x 85.1 cm (42 3/4 x 65 1/4 x 33 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

41.583

Medium or Technique

Mahogany, rosewood, kingwood, burl-ash, curly-satinwood, purpleheart, ebony, eastern white pine, hard and soft maple, poplar, cherry, brass, and ivory

On View

Oak Hill: Dining Room (Gallery 121A)

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Case furniture and boxes

The inventory of Oak Hill listed a “mah’g [mahogany] sideboard” in the dining room, valued at the princely sum of $150, the highest value for furniture in the appraisal. A new furniture form in fashionable American houses, the sideboard contained storage compartments for table linen, silver, china, wine glasses, wine bottles, and the occasional chamber pot. Most significantly, the sideboard functioned as a place for serving food and drink during a meal. This was a departure from the eighteenth-century custom of placing platters of food directly on the table.

Inscription

"which belonged to my gerat-grandfather Lowell--wedding 1894."

Provenance

By tradition, descended consecutively through the Lowell, Lyman, Cabot, and Lyman families; purchased in 1940 from Mr. Ronald T. Lyman, Waltham, Massachusetts; incorporated as part of "The M. and M. Karolik Collection of Eighteenth-Century American Arts."
From R. Mussey catalogue: The first owner was possibly in the Derby family (possibly Elizabeth Derby West).

Credit Line

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