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Bay Colony Antiques



Regular price $2,475.00 USD
Regular price Sale price $2,475.00 USD
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Thank you for shopping with Bay Colony Antiques. We're a third generation family owned business furnishing homes all over the world. We aggressively pursue important antiques, decorative arts, and objects of interest for our most discerning clients.

With our highest regards we proudly present for sale this early 19th century mahogany 3 drawer classical work table / sewing stand by renowned Boston cabinet maker Isaac Vose with carvings attributed to Thomas Wightman. Boston furniture heavily relies on use of grain and this table employs the best available. This table is crafted from Santo Domingan mahogany, one of the most expensive imported timbers available for sale at the time. The proximity to the equator and elements found in the area give the wood a special oil density which results in a lustrous glow not found in today's "mahogany". Being a major early US port city Boston would reap the benefits of an active port where a number of high grade goods would pass through. By the turn of the 19th century Boston had over 50 cabinet making shops.

Isaac Vose first appeared in tax records as early as 1790. In 1806 he partnered with his journeyman Joshua Coates. The duo spent over 10 years together until Mr. Coates met his untimely end by being thrown out of a carriage. The business was continued by Isaac Vose and his son Isaac Vose Jr. Records show Boston's most highly accomplished cabinet maker, John Seymour, spent time with Vose's shop after his shop closed in his old age. An early periodical advert dated March 1824 states "Their cabinet manufactory is under the direction of Mr. Thomas Seymour, and all orders for furniture will receive as good attention heretofore." We find it interesting that Seymour aided the emerging craftsman Vose. We see this as a passing of the flame to a new generation of preeminent cabinet makers.
This sewing stand has three drawers with their original wooden pulls and a cock bead molded face. The drawers are all hand dovetailed with hand chamfered bottoms. This came to us missing the tapered silk bag that should be on the third drawer. We have an upholster who fabricates them at an exceptional quality. We're going to have the work done with a tasteful silk fabric and adjust the price accordingly thereafter. If you purchase this before we are able to have it made you'll get the freedom of picking the color / design or to have it made on your own accord.

The table box is supported by two heavily carved lyre shaped mahogany sides. These show the utmost care in proportions and execution coming together in a masterful harmony. The panels are carved with graduating acanthus leafs with punch carved stars. We note very minimal age expected veneer loss on the base we will have addressed by our expert woodworker. We note any defect we come across no matter how small or inconsequential they may be. Very few signed Vose tables have been discovered. We know of about 5 and they're all in world class institutions. Much of what we know of Vose's work is still being uncovered today through old historical records and further examination. A cabinet maker on this caliber didn't need to sign his work, the craftsmanship and superior design was their calling card. This table stands on 4 expertly carved hairy paw feet. The attention to detail and masterful carving further our strong belief this is a genuine Vose table with Thomas Wightman's superior carvings. We note a very old small age split on the top that was stabilized in the correct fashion. The stand measures 18 1/2" wide x 16 1/2" deep x 29 1/2" tall. When the leaves are locked up with the swinging wooden shuttles the table measures 35 1/2" wide.


Our warehousing facility located at 190 Chestnut St. Springfield, MA. 01105

Convenient downtown location just minutes away from I-91 and I-90 Masspike.

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We are a wholly owned family business in our third decade of continuous operation. We have a large inventory of fine antiques ranging from Early American, Federal, Chippendale, Empire, Centennial, Victorian, 20th Century custom mahogany, Art Deco and Mid-Century Modern antique furniture along with decorative arts from across the globe. All the items we offer to the general public are high quality estate pieces. We do not offer goods with significant flaws or defects. We completely avoid items with issues. You can expect the items we sell to have reasonable wear and tear. Due to the large volume of goods we deal in we cannot describe items in minutia. We do our best to give you an accurate condition report in our description of the items. We have expert woodworkers and re-finishers on staff to service any piece of furniture we offer. We represent all merchandise in absolute good faith and to the very best of our ability. Please ask all questions, including, but not limited to, shipping costs prior to purchase. All items are sold as is and from their location. If you would like to find out about any number of our services, including appraisals and restoration, please ask us about our website for more information.


We deliver within a 175 mile range of zip code 01105 for a low cost flat rate. We specialize in New York City and Boston deliveries at extremely reasonable rates. For items requiring shipping beyond our delivery zone, we offer freight or “Ground Services” shipping, depending on the size of the items. We ship anywhere within the Continental United States. Items will require packaging and palletizing for freight shipments. The buyer is responsible for the cost of materials only for this service. We perform this service without the cost of labor as an appreciation for your patronage. Freight class shipping is the fastest and most cost effective method of shipping large items. We can reach anywhere in America with a large shipment within 7-10 business days. We buy materials in bulk to save you excessive costs. The materials required for proper crating of items for their safe transit is so specialized we may need up to 7-10 business days to make sure we get absolutely what is required & do the best job possible. We go the extra mile by designing premium customized furniture crates for the ultimate protection of your purchase. We ship from our facility with a loading dock on a major trucking artery. This and our “volume shippers” discount creates a substantial lower cost for you. The least expensive method of shipping is business to business with loading docks. Next is a business without a dock and the last option is shipping to a resident. We are sending your shipments with freight carriers. They are not furniture movers who bring the items into your home. You are provided with curbside delivery of your shipments. We can get you special services in certain cases, but you are responsible for telling us you require them and for the extra cost of these services, if you instruct our shippers to provide services beyond curbside deliveries. We are responsible for any additional services and charged for these services. We absolutely maintain our right to collect the costs of these charges for services we did not authorize or were prepaid for. We urge all customers to obtain special coverage and protection for their freight class shipments provided through our Freight Broker’s independent third party insurance coverage provider. In some cases it’s simply not needed, but on certain delicate shipments we have to insist upon it. Again the process is all designed to protect your investment and is an option offered for your protection.


All our customers are welcome to come to our facility to pick up their purchases free of charge. You can expect friendly help in loading your purchase in your vehicle. We ask that you come ready to transport your purchase by having ample pads or blankets to protect your item in transit. We don’t like to send nice people off with things tied to roof racks. We also do not desire to charge storage fees, but we are holding some purchases for over three years now and are under no contract to. We are not a storage facility. We are happy to hold your items for a reasonable pre-agreed upon period. Beyond or absent any specified contract a $50.00 dollar per week storage fee will apply.


All Massachusetts residents are subject to the 6.25% sales tax unless you possess a valid resale number from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. We do not accept returns so please, ask all questions prior to submitting an offer or purchasing. We have a zero tolerance policy for non-paying buyers. Any offer we accept is a binding sale and subject to the conditions herein. Massachusetts General Law applies to all sales. Bidding on and purchasing any item is under the acknowledgment of the buyer and is consent to the contractual agreement set forth herein. This agreement is in full force and effect on any item purchased through our Ebay store and on items purchased through us and our gallery. We strive to make your on-line buying experience as easy and pleasant as possible. We accept all major credit cards and are delighted to answer any questions that you may have or provide services you may need.

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