American, born England, 1771 - 1848

Lady’s Worktable

Date: 1812 - 1817

This lady’s worktable bears the evidence of a change in taste and shop practices in the years during and after the War of 1812. In its form, decoration, and solid construction, this piece is closely related to a worktable of the same restrained design labeled by Boston’s preeminent early-1800s cabinetmaker, Thomas Seymour. As a protégé of his English-trained father, John, Thomas Seymour worked in, and then operated solely, the cabinetmaking shop that undoubtedly produced Boston’s most elegant furniture from 1793 to about 1818.

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Medium: Mahogany, white pine, brass, and modern-day upholstery

Dimensions: H: 28 3/4 x W: 21 1/4 x D: 15 in.

Place: Boston, Massachusetts

Accession: 1116

Collection: Julian Wood Glass Jr. Collection

Category: Furniture - American

Tags: Mahogany , White pine , Women , Sewing , Boston

Purchased April 19, 1987 from Israel Sack.