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Lady's writing table with tambour shutters

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Tall desk of tambour form, recessed upper section enclosed by sliding tambour doors, flanked by inlaid pilasters, which open to reveal on each side three pigeonholes with Gothic arches and blue-green paint above tier of small drawers fitted with ring pulls; lower case contains folding writing...

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Paper label on back reads: "JOHN SEYMOUR & SON,/ CABINET MAKERS,/ CREEK SQUARE/ BOSTON" Paper owner's lable of George Alfred Cluett Jr. is paste to the interior of a lower-case drawer. In pencil: pairs of numbers in the interior corners of upper-case drawers.


Original owner unknown; in collection of Francis Hill Bigelow, Cambridge, Mass., by 1925; sold in that year to George A. Cluett; descended in the Cluett family to Mark Cluett; on loan to Historic Deerfield, about 1964-74; from the family to the dealer; by sale to the Museum, 2000..

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated anonymously, Henry H. and Zoe Oliver Sherman Fund, and by exchange from the Bequest of George Nixon Black, Bequest of Mrs. Charles R. Codman, and Gift of Mrs. Ruth K. Richardson

Tambour desk


Object Place

Boston, Massachusetts, United States


128.27 x 101.6 x 53.34 cm (50 1/2 x 40 x 21 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Satinwood and curly satinwood veneer, eastern white pine, black ash, black walnut, cedar, cherry, light- and dark-wood inlays, brass




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