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A Fine Classical Mahogany Cumberland Table, Boston, attributed to Thomas Seymour, c.1815-20, descended in the family of James Deering, Portland, ME


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This dining room table folds to a relatively small side table with two large attached leaves.  When open, it can accommodate 10--or more easily 8--as the sides of each leaf are almost as long as the table is wide, a rarely found feature.
 
All three boards that compose this table are each of one solid unjoined board that has aged beautifully through the years.  The Seymours were very careful in their wood selection, and one can see how, over almost 200 years, it hasn’t shown warpage or shrink crackage. 
 
Most interesting, is that this table was recognized and published in Furniture in the Olden Time in 1902, (see the scan below), and is beautifully illustrated and discussed in Thomas Mussey’s The Furniture Masterworks of John and Thomas Seymour, the latest, most detailed work on Thomas Seymour (also shown below).   These tables were often made in pairs to be used separately or as one massive banquet table, as shown in the Olden Time scan.

Height: 28 1/2 in.  Length: 62 1/2 in.
Width: 17 in. - 66 in.
$24,000
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