Bedstead

Maker: Possibly by Thomas Seymour (1771–1848)

Maker: Cornice attributed to John Doggett (1780–1857)

Decorator: Painting attributed to John Ritto Penniman (American, Milford, Massachusetts 1782–1841 Baltimore, Maryland)

Decorator: Carving attributed to Samuel McIntire (1757–1811)

Decorator: Carving attibuted to Thomas Wightman (American, active 1802–20 (?))

Date: 1810–15

Geography: Made in Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Culture: American

Medium: Mahogany, mahogany veneer, mahoganized maple and white pine, painted and gilded wood

Dimensions: 106 3/4 x 58 5/8 x 79 1/2 in. (271.1 x 148.9 x 201.9 cm)

Classification: Furniture

Credit Line: John Stewart Kennedy Fund, 1918

Accession Number: 18.110.64

Description

According to the most recent scholarship on Thomas Seymour, there is no Boston carving of the Federal period more spectacular than the lavish decoration on the footposts of this bedstead carved by Thomas Wightman. Wightman is documented as working as a sub-contractor for Thomas Seymour in 1809 on an order of furniture for Elizabeth Derby West (1762-1814) for Oak Hill, her country estate in Danvers, Massachusetts.

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