Object Place: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Eighteenth-Century American Arts No. 46
108.6 x 165.7 x 85.1 cm (42 3/4 x 65 1/4 x 33 1/2 in.)
Medium or Technique
Mahogany, rosewood, kingwood, burl-ash, curly-satinwood, purpleheart, ebony, eastern white pine, hard and soft maple, poplar, cherry, brass, and ivory
Oak Hill: Dining Room (Gallery 121A)
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.
"which belonged to my gerat-grandfather Lowell--wedding 1894."
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).
The M. and M. Karolik Collection of Eighteenth-Century American Arts