Boston, Suffolk county, Massachusetts, United States ca. 1794–1804
51 1/2 x 37 1/2 x 19 1/2 in.
Mahogany; paint; enamel; ivory
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. ----- Bibliography: Book: American Antiques from Israel Sack Collection, 10 vols. (Washington, D.C.: Highland House Publishers, 1957–1990), vol. 5, p. 1271, pl. P4241.
Hepplewhite mahogany inlaid tambour desk
Decoration and ornament--Hepplewhite style Furniture--United States
tambour desks (AAT)
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New York, New York, United States 1957–1990
Sack, May 1976 This information is taken from the Israel Sack Furniture Archive and may not reflect current scholarship.