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The Furniture Masterworks of John and Thomas Seymour
Mussey Jr., Robert D.
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Book Description: Peabody Essex, 2003. Book Condition: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: This is the first scholarly study to trace in detail the English origins of an important American cabinetmaker. Drawing on English and American archives. Robert Mussey presents a detailed biography of John Seymour and his son Thomas, makers of some of the finest Federal-period furniture in Boston. Deftly sketching the social, economic, political, and religious conditions of England's West Country of England, the author explains John Seymour's decision to emigrate with his family to Portland, Maine in 1784, and eventually to take up residence in Boston. Recently discovered letters allow Mussey to reconstruct the world of the English artisan-emigrant in post-revolutionary America and to document the contribution the Seymours had on the evolution of the Federal style in American furniture. In addition to these social and historical findings, the book details a key group of labeled, initialed, or documented Seymour pieces, while also describing the construction and design characteristics which allow us to attribute other pieces to them. High-quality photographs of more than 120 pieces, will enable scholars, dealers, collectors, and curators to reliably identify other furniture by the Seymours. In addition to the standard catalogue entries of material, measurements, and provenance, the twentyfive different forms are each accompanied by a description of its social history, use, and meaning in Federal Boston. Laura Sprague has also contributed an essay to this new volume.". Bookseller Inventory # ABE_book_new_0883891263