Basin Stand Attributed to John Seymour, in Portland, Maine, 1784-1793

Basin Stand Attributed to John Seymour, in Portland, Maine, 1784-1793, Image 1

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.

Measurement: Height 38"; basin height: 31.25"; width: 24"; depth: 16.75"

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.

Reference: Literature: The Furniture Masterworks of John & Thomas Seymour by Robert D. Mussey Jr., pp. 186 & 187. Mr. Mussey discusses this piece in detail.


SKU: 270-158

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