Tambour doors like the one highlighting Tommy’s bread box project in season one were just one of the many design elements sparking Tommy’s imagination when he toured the Federal Period furniture collection in Salem’s Peabody-Essex Museum. Neo-Classical style transformed the furniture tastes of late 18th century Boston as a new American spirit took hold. Elegant, sophisticated pieces were crafted from the finest wood and ornamented with crotch mahogany, satinwood, rosewood and bird’s-eye maple veneering. Two-dimensional techniques like banding, inlays and veneers supplanted carving as the decorative forms of choice. From the sideboards to the secretaries to the ables and chairs, the decorative arts collection of the Peabody-Essex Museum (along with its two Samuel McIntire designed homes, restored and furnished to reflect life in early 19th century New England) provided Tommy with a rich source of Federal style inspiration.

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