Furniture forms became increasingly specialized in the late-eighteenth century. This worktable was made especially for women, to store sewing equipment and materials. It has two drawers and a sliding frame that holds the attached bag. The inventory of the Oak Hill parlor lists a worktable at $15.
"N 1" in chalk on underside of lower drawer bottom.
Early history not known, bequest of Priscilla G. Hall. See Notes re: provenance of identical mate in private collection.
Bequest of Priscilla G. Hall
- Attributed to John Seymour, American (born in England), 1738–1818
- and Thomas Seymour, American (born in England), 1771–1848
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
71.12 x 49.85 x 39.05 cm (28 x 19 5/8 x 15 3/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Mahogany, burl veneer, satinwood veneer, rosewood and holly inlay Mussey: Mahogany with crotch- and plin-grain satinwood and unidentified burlwood veneers; eastern white pine, and an unidentified dense, exotic wood for the drawer sides and bag-slide rails; brass