Sideboard

Collection Type

  • Furniture

Date

ca. 1820

GUSN

GUSN-172340

Description

Empire sideboard, scrolled splash board with flame mahogany veneer tablet; three drawers over two cabinets with veneered columns on carved hairy paw feet with leaf-covered ankle

Details

Descriptive Terms

sideboards (furniture)
mahogany (wood)
veneer
eastern white pine (wood)
Empire (style)
Veneered
Mahogany
Sideboard

Label

"Cherished Possessions": This sideboard is typical of Boston, Massachusetts, cabinetmaking from about 1820. Although no expense was spared in terms of the materials or quality of workmanship, there was an element of restraint that set Boston furniture apart from that of other cities. Instead of featuring bold elaborate carvings or the extensive use of brass mounts and inlays, this sideboard is designed to showcase the beautiful mahogany veneers and the clean classical lines of the form. In his influential guide to servants, The House Servant's Directory, published in 1827, the distinguished butler Robert Roberts described the best way to set up sideboards for dinner parties, suggesting they could be laid “with such a degree of taste and neatness, that they will strike the eyes of every person who enters the room, with a pleasing sensation of elegance.”Highlights of the furniture collection: This sideboard is typical of Boston, Massachusetts, cabinetmaking from about 1820. Although no expense was spared in terms of the materials or quality of workmanship, there was an element of restraint that set Boston furniture apart from that of other cities. Instead of featuring bold elaborate carvings or the extensive use of brass mounts and inlays, this sideboard is designed to showcase the beautiful mahogany veneers and the clean classical lines of the form.

Inscription

"Repaired by/ Israel Segal/ for/ Susan Norton/ Washington DC/ July 1975" (In graphite)
"Israel Segal/ Wash. DC/ Aug. 1975" (In graphite)

Maker

Unknown

Location of Origin

Boston, Massachusetts, New England

Object Type

Furniture

Dimensions

47 3/4 x 73 1/2 x 24 (HxWxD) (inches)

Credit Line

Bequest of Susan Norton

Accession Number

1990.125

Reference Notes

Author: Stuart P. FeldPublisher: Hirschel & Adler

Places

Massachusetts (United States)
Boston (Suffolk county, Massachusetts)