A Federal/Classical Cylinder Front Secretary with Ivory Inlays, John and Thomas Seymour, Boston, c.1810

The cylinder desk was introduced at this time (beginning of the 19th century) and fairly complex to make due to the cabinetwork involved, which entailed a counterweight so that the lid opens and closes easily.  This model has the usual trademarks of the Seymour school, with the beautiful ivory urn inlay with ivory keyhole surrounds.   These secretaries are rare and this example is in fine condition.  The later brasses are cast from authentic period molds and the finals are also copies of the exact model taken from the example in Robert Mussey’s Furniture Masterworks of John & Thomas Seymour (see scan below).  Interestingly, this secretary has retained the characteristic blue paper liners in the drawers.  

This secretary is a cornerstone of any collection.  It’s the best that was produced in Boston by the leading cabinetshop, run by father and son, John and Thomas Seymour.

Height: 90 1/4 in. Width: 42 1/4 in. Depth: 22 in.

sw00447 - $14,000