Otis House

Tambour Desk

Tambour desks are an innovation associated with the father and son cabinetmaking team of John and Thomas Seymour. The Seymours emigrated from England in the 1780s, eventually settling in Boston. They are distinguished by sliding reeded tambours, or panels, covering pigeonholes and drawers, much like later roll-top desks.

Combining small size and delicate proportions, tambour desks were intended for use by women, for correspondence and addressing invitations.

Attributed to John Seymour
Possibly Thomas Seymour
Boston, Mass., c. 1800
Mahogany, white pine, curly maple, ivory, brass