Material: Mahogany back and bottom boards with mahogany, bird’s-eye-maple, and
rosewood veneers, primary; Mahogany and soft maple (glue blocks), secondary; brass
pull and hinges.
Condition: Excellent; some of the white pine and soft maple glue blocks on the
underside are original clearly identifying the basin stand as American. Scattered
shrinkage fissures necessitated trivial repairs filling minor gaps.
Literature: The Furniture Masterworks of John & Thomas Seymour by Robert D.
Mussey Jr., pp. 186 & 187. Mr. Mussey discusses this piece in detail.
Additional Information: This rare and important example was likely made in Portland
by John Seymour whereas its design is derived from his training and production in
England. The four-legged design predates Sheraton’ s publication of three-legged
examples. The plain turned foot design is unique to the Seymour shop tradition
practiced by father and son [John and Thomas]. The hinged lid concealing apertures
facilitating basin and glasses is another Seymour design. The narrow tambour door is
centered by reeded faux tambour panels. The basin could be concealed within the
cabinet when not in use. The top edges of galley feature inlaid stringing having a
repeating pattern of black and white squares. Other decorative and joinery features
clearly link this piece to Seymour’s work and future examples to be made in Boston by
father and son…
This piece under consideration, please call or email David
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