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Collection of Jean and Jim Barrow | May 20, 2023

Sat, May 20, 2023 09:00AM EDT
Lot 202

Fine Rare Boston Federal Birdseye Maple Parcel Gilt Dressing Chest

Estimate: $30,000 - $50,000

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

attributed to Thomas Seymour, possibly with John Seymour, circa 1809-1814, with gilt and glazed leafage by John Penniman, original hardware, probably original surface, top with rotating oval mirror with highly parcel gilt and ebonized surround, rotating on a scrolled birdseye maple inlaid and stencil gilt decorated support, above three small drawers, lower case with four drawers, all with brass lion head pulls, very highly figured birdseye maple with mahogany and ebonized banding, reeded and turned legs and feet, 70 x 39 x 20-1/2 in.

Note: "The possible first owner of this chest may have been wealthy Boston merchant and politician, John Phillips, (1770-1823). Phillips built an elegant Federal style house in 1804 at a fashionable address on Beacon Street, Boston, at the corner of Walnut Street, where he lived until his death. A later descendant of his owned the chest, but it might have descended from another ancestor..." (excerpted from Mussey's examination report)


cleaned and lightly waxed and expertly conserved after the Skinner sale, in fine condition retaining early probably original surface, minor cracks and repairs at mirror support, some small patches and veneer surround

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Skinner Auctions, October 28, 2012 lot 182, sold for $108,000 (accompanied by an extensive examination report from the Skinner catalog by Robert Mussey Jr.);
Collection of Jean and Jim Barrow