Attributed to Isaac Vose & Son with Thomas Seymour

Boston, c.1820

The oblong swivel top opening to a wood playing surface above an apron with scrolled ends above a paneled, pylon-shaped pedestal with acanthus carved collar at the base, on an abacus-shaped plinth with spooling around the top edge, raised on scrolled feet with lotus carving on the sides with recessed caster wheels.

H: 29″  W: 36″  D: 18″

Condition: Excellent: Having been re-polished with shellac in the manner of the period.

The table is almost identical to a card table bearing the ink stencil of Isaac Vose and Son in the collection of the Saint Louis Museum of Art.[1]  Robert Mussey and Clark Pearce, furniture historians who have closely studied the shop practices of Thomas Seymour, the Vose firm and this example, are confident in a Vose attribution.

Thomas Seymour, after closing his own shop in 1818, became the shop foreman for the firm of Vose & Son, considered then and now to be the greatest makers of Classical furniture in Boston.  This elite pairing of talent produced some of the finest furniture in America of the Classical period in the Regency taste.  Robert Mussey has identified a pair of Grecian card tables with pylon pedestals and scrolled feet made by Seymour for Peter Chardon Brooks in 1816 as the prototypes for a group of tables, like the Saint Louis example, made a few years later with Vose.[2]

[1] Wendy A. Cooper, Classical Taste in America 1800-1840 (Baltimore Museum of Art, 1993), 134.

[2] Robert D. Mussey, Jr., The Furniture Masterworks of John & Thomas Seymour (Salem: Peabody Essex Museum, 2003), 360, pl. 113.

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