Dorothy Roof Fine Furniture, Handmade, Beverly, Massachusetts

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Federal Settee   

Federal Settee-This piece is modeled on a double-chairback-settee originally made by John and Thomas Seymour of Boston, circa 1805. The complex back, or splat, is made up of individual curved pieces of mahogany that are joined into diamond shapes at the posts and rails. The top, or crest, rail incorporates a combination of different types of lathe work and is Federal Settee-finished with hand carved reeds. Both the crest rail and the legs are inlaid with tablets of contrasting flame birch. The entire settee was made from a single board of mahogany, which included the figured mahogany used as veneer along the front rail. The finish is linseed oil and shellac. The upholstery is cotton damask.

Dorothy Roof Fine Furniture, Handmade, Beverly, Massachusetts