Pier Table, one of a pair
Attributed to Thomas Seymour (American (born in England), 1771–1848), and John Seymour (American (born in England), 1738–1818), and Possibly James Cogswell (American, 1780–1862), Carving attributed to Thomas Wightman (American, active 1802–1820)
Object Place: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Overall: 88.9 x 141 x 61 cm (35 x 55 1/2 x 24 in.)
Medium or Technique
Mahogany, satinwood veneer, unidentified burl veneer, rosewood veneer, ebony veneer, birch, eastern white pine, cherry, tulip poplar, brass
Oak Hill: Dining Room (Gallery 121A)
This is one of the most extraordinary objects in the Oak Hill rooms. It and its mate descended in the Derby family to the donor, Richard Edwards of Peru, Indiana. Rare in form and decoration, the tables have exceptionally fine carving on the legs and along the top edge and an inlayed, Greek-key motif and veneer on the top surface, epitomizing the highest level of Neoclassicism in Boston.
Elizabeth Derby West and Nathaniel West; by descent to Nathaniel West, Jr.; by descent to Richard Edwards, Peru, Indiana.
Gift of Richard Edwards