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Robert Mussey's The Furniture Masterworks of John and Thomas Seymour (Salem, Massachusetts: Peabody Essex Museum, 2003), identifies numerous construction methods as specific to their shop and a cause for attribution. This desk-and-bookcase exhibits a number of methods that are associated with the work of the Seymours. These include the use of small, finely crafted dovetails joining the drawer fronts and drawer backs to the drawer sides, the bottom boards running side to side, the presence of small glue blocks spaced evenly behind the drawer fronts and tightly spaced long glue blocks securing the drawer sides and drawer bottoms. Other decorative elements include the use of "robin's-egg" blue paint for the desk interior, the C-scroll returns and turned bosses at the tops of the legs.
There are a few related examples that are attributed to the workshops of John and Thomas Seymour; of these, a virtually identical desk-and-bookcase is illustrated in Vernon C. Stoneman, John and Thomas Seymour, Cabinetmakers in Boston 1794-1816 (Boston, 1959), pp. 130-131, pl. 64. Others include one in the Atlanta State House and is illustrated in Israel Sack, American Antiques from Israel Sack Collection, vol. II (New York), p. 358; one in the collection of Historic Deerfield and is illustrated in Dean A. Fales, Jr., The Furniture of Historic Deerfield (New York, 1976), p. 244, fig. no. 482.
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