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Thomas Seymour sold this spectacular commode to Elizabeth Derby West, daughter of the wealthy merchant Elias Hasket Derby, for her home, Oak Hill, in South Danvers, Massachusetts. The son of English immigrant cabinetmaker John Seymour, Thomas Seymour had strong connections to a network of native...

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Made for Elizabeth Derby West, Danvers, Massachusetts, in 1809; descended through the family to Martha C. Codman (m. Maxim Karolik); Gift of Martha and Maxim Karolik, 1923. From R. Mussey catalog: Sideboard descended from Elizabeth Derby West to her granddaughter Louisa Lander. It was then purchased from her by her cousin Martha C. Codman.

Credit Line

The M. and M. Karolik Collection of Eighteenth-Century American Arts


Object Place

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Catalogue Raisonné

Eighteenth-Century American Arts No. 42


Overall: 105.4 x 62.5 x 127 cm (41 1/2 x 24 5/8 x 50 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Mahogany; mahogany, crotch-mahogany, crotch-birch, rosewood, and bird's-eye-maple veneers; satinwood and rosewood crossbanding; eastern white pine, white ash, maple; brass




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