Tambour desk

Creator:
John Seymour and Son, active ca. 1794-1816
Published/Created:
Boston, Suffolk county, Massachusetts, United States
ca. 1794–1804
Physical Description:
51 1/2 x 37 1/2 x 19 1/2 in.
Materials:
Mahogany; paint; enamel; ivory
Notes:
Sack catalogue description: Hepplewhite mahogany inlaid tambour desk, the case with two drawers fitted with Bilsted enameled handles, the oval ivory escutcheons on the two drawers and repeated behind the flap lid to lock the tambours are features of Seymour handiwork; the tambours are inlaid in a drapery bellflower pattern, bellflower-inlaid tapered legs, pierced corner brackets; the pigeonhole interiors retain the original robin's egg blue paint, beautiful satiny brown patina. Comparison with the example labeled by John Seymour and Son in the Henry F. du Pont Winterthur Museum, illustrated in Montgomery, Federal Furniture, pl. 184, leaves no doubt of the authorship. It is interesting to compare the inlaid bellflower garlands on the tambours with those of the labeled Seymour card table on the following page.
Related objects: Book: Charles F. Montgomery, American Furniture: The Federal Period in the Henry Francis du Pont Winterthur Museum (New York: Viking Press, 1966), pl. 184. Book: American Antiques from Israel Sack Collection, 10 vols. (Washington, D.C.: Highland House Publishers, 1957–1990), vol. 5, pp. 1272–1273, pl. 4225.
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Bibliography: Book: American Antiques from Israel Sack Collection, 10 vols. (Washington, D.C.: Highland House Publishers, 1957–1990), vol. 5, p. 1271, pl. P4241.
Variant Titles:
Hepplewhite mahogany inlaid tambour desk
Topics:
Decoration and ornament--Hepplewhite style
Furniture--United States
Period/Style:
Federal
Hepplewhite
Culture:
American
Accession Number:
4241
Genre:
tambour desks (AAT)
Format:
Image
Physical Object
Content Type:
Furnishings & Decorative Arts
Prints & Photographs
Rights:
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Access Restrictions:
Public
Source Title:
Israel Sack, Inc., Archive
Source Created:
New York, New York, United States
1957–1990
Source Note:
Sack, May 1976
This information is taken from the Israel Sack Furniture Archive and may not reflect current scholarship.
Folder:
Kane 10976nc, ClearBin1 tiff_complete
Yale Collection:
Yale University Art Gallery
Digital Collection:
Israel Sack Furniture Archive
oid pointer:
10993697
OID:
12152701
PID:
digcoll:1024676

Number of Pages: 2
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