The Furniture Masterworks of John and Thomas Seymour

The Furniture Masterworks of John and Thomas Seymour
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Peabody Essex
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This study traces in detail the English origins of an important American cabinetmaker. Drawing on eight years of study in English and American archives, Robert Mussey presents a detailed biography of John Seymour and his son Thomas, makers of some of the finest Federal-period furniture in Boston.

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Most significant American Furniture Book in Recent Years


This is far more than your coffee table antiques book. The author provides a facinating social history wrapped around John seymour's early life in England and the move to Maine and Boston. Through the window of the ups and downs of furniture making we can get an understanding of the times. This aspect reminds this reviewer of Morison's Pulitzer Prize winning book, John Paul Jones, A Sailor's Biography, which addressed the same time period and began with Jones early life in Scotland. But the book is really about the furniture, some of the finest and most significant to have been made during the Federal period. To understand the Seymour's work Mussey devoted ten years and didn't look at just a few exampls-he looked at and studied just about every suggested example. From this he developed a construction and aesthetic dictionary that allowed him with some confidence to identify pieces that are really made by Seymours, father and son. In chapter 5 he lays out these criteria. My only very slight quibble with the book is that I would like to have seen a page of say lunette-inlays and say a page showing many examples of Seymour dovetail joints. This would better allow the reader to come to his own conclusions. The remainder of the book, basically the last two thirds, is a catalogue of the furniture. The photographs are beautiful and the descriptions are far more interesting and informative than the norn for this type section. The book qualifies as a coffee table book because it is a big, has significant weight and is beautiful. But this is not the reason that it should be in the library of those who appreciate American furniture. Rather it is because this is in this reviewer's opinion the most significant American furniture book to have been written in recent years.

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Book Summary: The title of this book is The Furniture Masterworks of John and Thomas Seymour and it was written by Robert D. Mussey Jr.. This particular edition is in a Hardcover format. This books publish date is Dec 01, 2003 and it has a suggested retail price of $60.00. It was published by Peabody Essex and has a total of 483 pages in the book. The 10 digit ISBN is 0883891263 and the 13 digit ISBN is 9780883891261. To buy this book at the lowest price, Click Here.