Worktable

1800–10
Attributed to John Seymour (American (born in England), 1738–1818), and Thomas Seymour (American (born in England), 1771–1848)


Object Place: Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Dimensions

71.12 x 49.85 x 39.05 cm (28 x 19 5/8 x 15 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

1990.172

Medium or Technique

Mahogany, burl veneer, satinwood veneer, rosewood and holly inlay Mussey: Mahogany with crotch- and plin-grain satinwood and unidentified burlwood veneers; eastern white pine, and an unidentified dense, exotic wood for the drawer sides and bag-slide rails; brass

On View

Richard and Mary B. Saltonstall Gallery (Gallery 121B)

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Tables, stands, screens

Furniture forms became increasingly specialized in the late-eighteenth century. This worktable was made especially for women, to store sewing equipment and materials. It has two drawers and a sliding frame that holds the attached bag. The inventory of the Oak Hill parlor lists a worktable at $15.

Inscription

"N 1" in chalk on underside of lower drawer bottom.

Provenance

By 1973, in the collection of Miss Priscilla G. Hall, Hingham, Massachusets; Bequest of Priscilla G. Hall (Accession date February 28, 1990)

Credit Line

Bequest of Priscilla G. Hall