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Collection of Jean and Jim Barrow | May 20, 2023

Sat, May 20, 2023 09:00AM EDT
Lot 191

An Exceptional Boston Federal Figured Satinwood and Mahogany Inlaid Tilt Top Candle Stand

Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000

Bid Increments

Price Bid Increment
$0 $25
$100 $50
$1,000 $100
$2,000 $200
$3,000 $250
$5,000 $500
$10,000 $1,000
$20,000 $2,000
$50,000 $5,000
$100,000 $10,000

Boston, attributed to the shop of Thomas Seymour 1800-1810, the oval top edged with barber pole inlay and the flat oval surface with alternating
mahogany and satinwood rays, all centering an inlaid crotch satinwood oval; this above the baluster and urn shaped standard supported by the
tripod base of arched spider legs ending in spade feet, 29-1/2 x 16-1/8 x 24-1/8 in.

Notes: Many candle stands survive from Federal Boston, but arguably only two nearly identical examples rival the quality of this example. One
is in the Museum of Fine Arts Boston collection (see Randall, American Furniture in the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, pages 142-143 no. 108), and one in Stoneman’s John and Thomas Seymour, no. 202. The candle stand is also related to the great demilune commode by Seymour, also in the collections of the Museum in Fine Arts Boston.


accompanied by a condition report from Robert Mussey associates, 2006. The report indicates that “overall, the stand is in superb condition with only minor repairs and very minor veneer and stringing problems.” See detailed report. There is some slight lifting to the veneer on the top. The stand is richly colored and presents beautifully.

CRN Auctions, Cambridge Massachusetts, January 2007, sold for $171,750;
Robert Mussey and Milly McGehee;
Collection of Jean and Jim Barrow