Tag Archives: China trade

Skinner’s American Furniture Sale to Feature the Beacon Hill Collection of John and Marilyn Keane

The November sale features highlights from a lifetime of collecting, including 18th and early 19th century American furniture and paintings from the China Trade.

MARLBOROUGH, MA – Skinner Auctioneers will host a live auction of Important Americana on Friday, November 19, 2021. The sale consists of the extraordinary Beacon Hill Collection of John and Marilyn Keane, devoted collectors of early American craftsmanship and committed philanthropists well-known to the Boston arts community.… Read More

Federal Furniture: A Lady's Secretary and Bookcase Attributed to Thomas Seymour

Essay by Robert D. Mussey, Jr., Milton, Massachusetts

The lady’s secretary and bookcase was a cultural badge signifying a Boston lady of refinement and education during the Federal period. Mary Cleveland (Smith) Bryant (1784-1860) was such a lady. She had been well-educated as daughter of Rev. John Smith, a professor of Ancient and Middle Eastern Languages at Dartmouth College, and was widely read. It was probably purchased around the time of, or a few years after, her marriage in late 1807 to John Bryant III (1780-1865).… Read More