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On View Nancy and George Putnam Gallery, level 1

Object description

  • Thomas Seymour (American, 1771-1848)
  • Dressing chest, about 1810
  • Mahogany, bird's-eye maple, satinwood veneer, brass
  • Boston, Massachusetts, United States
  • H: 73 1/2 in, W: 45 in, D: 25 in (H: 186.7 cm, W: 114.3 cm, D: 63.5 cm)
  • Gift of Miss Miriam Shaw and Francis Shaw, Jr., 1993
  • 122350


Essex Institute Collection


This is a chest of drawers with a dressing glass, veneer, inlay carving, straight front and engaged columns. The lower section has two large and two small drawers with brass handles. The upper section has three small drawers surmounted by a round mirror with a gilt frame and beaded edge. The mirror is supported by two lyre shaped splats decorated with gold paint. The engaged columns at the corners are reeded with carved grape motifs and the legs of the table are also reeded. Some tacks and tack holes indicate that the table may have supported a a work basket at one time. The center section of the apron with carving pulls out. Federal period, Shweraton Style

Exhibition History

  • American Decorative Arts exhibition, Peabody Essex Museum; June 03, 2003 through Present
  • Upcoming Exhibition, Peabody Essex Museum; 2015 through Present
  • Luxury and Innovation: Furniture Masterworks of John and Thomas Seymour, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA.; November 17, 2003 through February 16, 2004
  • Order and Elegance: Masterpieces of Federal Furniture from Coastal Massachusetts, Peabody Essex Museum; January 04, 1997 through January 11, 1999