This worktable with beautifully
figured mahogany throughout has astragal ends hinged
at the center with individual locks, as are each of
the drawer fronts. It is a very robust piece with
a well- defined urn and shapely reeded saber legs.
This worktable is attributed to the latter part of
Thomas Seymour's career, c.1815, and described in
detail in Robert Mussey's The Furniture Masterworks
of John and Thomas Seymour
. Note the card table
shown here and the remarkable similarity in the saber
feet. But, more than that, the drawers underneath
had the touching blocking which Robert Mussey points
out as a Seymour trait and, the mahogany drawer sides
and back, which Seymour used throughout his career
and typical of the highest quality work.
For other tables with astragal
ends, but not Seymour work, see Sotheby's May 2003
Auction. Also, a related table from American
Art Association Anderson Galleries, Inc., from the
Francis P. Garvan Collection.
This table is in fine condition,
retaining its original drop pendants. In closing,
this table is the best of the form, with a dramatically
stylized urn, beautifully figured solid mahogany with
a mellow amber patina and ivory escutcheons. All is
original and is in mint condition.
28 3/4 in. Width: 27 1/4 in. Depth: 16 in.