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Maker(s):Seymour, John or Thomas (attributed)
Date Made:1793-1813
Materials:wood: mahogany, mahogany veneer, chestnut, white pine; base metal: brass, iron; ivory, textile
Place Made:United States; Massachusetts; Boston
Measurements:overall: 39 3/4 in x 59 9/16 in x 23 13/16 in.; 100.965 cm x 151.28875 cm x 60.48375 cm
Narrative Inscription:  in graphite under proper left drawer: "Formerly owned by Hon. Asa French's grandfather."
Accession Number:  HD 53.091.2
Museum Collection:  Historic Deerfield

Sideboard with a tambour front with carved and reeded decoration, an apron with a center small, scrolled unidentified tropical hardwood drop with ivory estcutcheon and molded edge and six turned and reeded legs. Purportedly once owned by Asa French (1829-1903), a noted jurist, and his grandfather, Asa (1775-ca. 1853) who was town clerk, treasurer, and became the first postmaster of Braintree, Massachusetts in 1825. A card from Henry Flynt in the center drawer reads: "originally from Mrs. Robert E. Warren of Portland, Maine; by whom it was sold to William Barrett of Concord, Mass., from whose collection Jett purchased it. He sold it to Byard. I bought it from Byard. HNF." What appears to be the same sideboard is shown in an article by Mabel M. Swan about John Seymour & Son in "Antiques" (Oct. 1937, p. 177, Fig. 4), said to be from the collection of Ginsburg and Levy. The sideboard is divided into three sections. There are three drawers veneered in crotch mahogany, one long and two short, each with applied cockbead molding and ivory escutcheons (may be replacements or else originally had brass escutcheons) with little wing patterns; the brass drawer pulls have lion's heads. The locks are iron. The center section has tambour doors patterned in light and dark tropical hardwood veneer with light and dark wood flanked by attached, elongated 1/2 columns in curly mahogany, and two side panel doors veneered in crotch mahogany. There are four elongated rosettes flanking the upper drawers and four circular rosettes at the top of each front leg; each leg ends in three rings. The drawer sides are chestnut, the drawer bottoms, removable interior shelves behind the doors and glue blocks are white pine. The mahogany door fronts are banded with an unidentified tropical hardwood veneer.

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