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Photo: Courtesy The White House, Washington, D.C., 1962.231.1
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Dressing bureau

Object number



Maker, attributed to Thomas Seymour, American, 1771–1848
Maker, possibly by John Seymour, American, 1738–1818
Maker, formerly attributed to Joseph Rawson and Son, active 1808–26


Height: 40 1/2 in. (102.87 cm) Width: 35 in. (88.9 cm)



Current location

The White House


Made in Boston, Massachusetts, formerly said to have been made in Providence, Rhode Island
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Mahogany (primary); eastern white pine, walnut, and birch (secondary)




"N" and below it "N2," in chalk, on underside of upper-right lower case drawer bottom; "N," in chalk, under each upper case drawer; "3," in chalk, on rear of back board and backs of two small drawers


William Jones (1752–1833), Newport, Rhode Island; by descent to his daughter Mrs. Thomas Coles Hoppin (née Harriet Dunn Jones), Providence, Rhode Island; by descent to her son, Augustus Hoppin (1828–1896), Providence, Rhode Island; by descent to his niece, Louise Hoppin, Providence, Rhode Island; by descent to her niece, Eleanor Vinton Randall; by descent to Mrs. Bradley Randall; given to The White House, Washington, D.C., 1962

Associated names

William Jones
Mrs. Thomas Coles Hoppin
Augustus Hoppin
Louise Hoppin
Eleanor Vinton Randall
Mrs. Bradley Randall


Although this dressing table has been attributed to Joseph Rawson and Son in the past, in 2003 Robert Mussey, Jr., reattributed the bureau to Thomas Seymour of Boston and suggested that the bureau may have served as a model for similar bureaus associated with Joseph Rawson and Son.

See also


Christopher P. Monkhouse and Thomas S. Michie, American Furniture in Pendleton House (Providence: Rhode Island School of Design Museum, 1986), 68, no. 14, footnote 1 (comp.cit.).
Robert Mussey Jr., The Furniture Masterworks of John and Thomas Seymour, exh. cat. (Salem, Mass.: Peabody Essex Museum, 2003), 262–263, no. 64, ill.
Patricia E. Kane et al., Art and Industry in Early America: Rhode Island Furniture, 1650–1830, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2016), 439n2.