Tambour desk

about 1800
Probably by John Seymour (American (born in England), 1738–1818), and Thomas Seymour (American (born in England), 1771–1848)

Object Place: Boston, Massachusetts

Catalogue Raisonné

Eighteenth-century American Arts No. 29


104.14 x 91.44 x 49.53 cm (41 x 36 x 19 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Mahogany, white pine, inlays of tulip and satinwood

On View

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




Case furniture and boxes

Tambour desks, a novel form in the Federal period, were made for women and were especially popular in New England, reflecting the region’s emphasis on reading, writing, and female education. This example is notable for the enameled plaques on the drawer pulls and the inlaid festoons on the tambour shutters.


"M. & M. Karolik Collection of 18th century American Arts"

Credit Line

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