The Cleveland Museum of Art

Collection Online as of June 14, 2024

Tambour Desk

Tambour Desk

c. 1800
fabricated by
(American, 1738–1818)
fabricated by
(American, 1771–1848)
Overall: 105.4 x 96 x 49.9 cm (41 1/2 x 37 13/16 x 19 5/8 in.)


The severely rectilinear form, delicate inlay, sliding tambour doors, and blue-painted interior of this small desk relate it to the work of the English-born cabinetmaker John Seymour and his son, Thomas, who were in partnership in Boston during the years around 1800. The Seymours made some of the most sophisticated American furniture in the Hepplewhite style, so-called from the Englishman whose publication of furniture designs was widely influential on both sides of the Atlantic.
  • Winthrop Carter Family, Portsmouth, New Hamsphire; (Israel Sack, New York); Mrs. Louisa Warren, New Canaan, Connecticut; (Israel Sack, New York).
  • The Year in Review for 1987. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (February 24-April 17, 1988).
  • {{cite web|title=Tambour Desk|url=false|author=John Seymour, Thomas Seymour|year=c. 1800|access-date=14 June 2024|publisher=Cleveland Museum of Art}}

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