This table is attributed to the shop of John and Thomas Seymour based upon the construction details of the drawers and the presence of the line stringing down the legs, which is associated only to the Seymour shop to date.
Octagonal sewing tables were a popular form in Federal Boston and Salem. The treatment of the bold veneer panels on the sides and the inlay on the legs is unusual but not without precedent: A virtually identical work table in the collection of Mrs. Charles Hallam Keep, perhaps this table, was illustrated in the 1929 Loan Exhibition of Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth Century Furniture & Glass, for the Benefit of The National Council of Girl Scouts, Inc, cat. no. 685. Another similar table, attributed to John and Thomas Seymour, was sold in these rooms, the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Eddy Nicholson, January 27-28, 1995, lot 1147. A square-top work table with similarly-inlaid legs, currently in the collection of Mrs. George M. Kaufman and also attributed to the Seymours, is illustrated in Robert D. Mussey Jr., The Furniture Masterworks of John & Thomas Seymour (Salem, 2003), cat. 81, pp. 296-297.