Bedstead

Maker: Possibly by Thomas Seymour (1771–1848)

Maker: Cornice attributed to John Doggett (1780–1857)

Decorator: Painting attributed to John Ritto Penniman (American, Milford, Massachusetts 1782–1841 Baltimore, Maryland)

Decorator: Carving attributed to Samuel McIntire (1757–1811)

Decorator: Carving attibuted to Thomas Wightman (American, active 1802–20 (?))

Date: 1810–15

Geography: Made in Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Culture: American

Medium: Mahogany, mahogany veneer, mahoganized maple and white pine, painted and gilded wood

Dimensions: 106 3/4 x 58 5/8 x 79 1/2 in. (271.1 x 148.9 x 201.9 cm)

Classification: Furniture

Credit Line: John Stewart Kennedy Fund, 1918

Accession Number: 18.110.64

Description

This magnificent high-post bedstead represents the collaboration of the most talented craftsmen in eastern Massachusetts. The cabinetmaker Thomas Seymour, carver Thomas Whitman (active ca. 1809–27), and decorative painter John Ritto Penniman—all based in Boston—probably produced the bedposts, frame, and cornice. It is believed that the Salem carver Samuel McIntire (1757–1811) later added the gilded flower basket with two nesting doves to the cornice.

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