American Decorative Arts
Photo credit: Yale University Art Gallery

Dining Table

ca. 1930

Birch (including sliding rails), hard maple veneer; hard maple (underside of top), red oak (cleats)

29 3/4 × 38 × 68 1/4 in. (75.6 × 96.5 × 173.4 cm)
Gift of J. Marshall and Thomas M. Osborn in memory of Mr. and Mrs. James M. Osborn
1977.40.5
Culture: 
American
Period: 
20th century
Classification: 
Furniture
Geography: 
Made in New York, New York
Status: 
By appointment
Provenance: 

Mr. and Mrs. James M. Osborn purchased this table and a set of six side chairs (Fig. 58) for the dining room of their apartment at 14 Sutton Place, New York, where they lived from September 1930 to June 1932. A photograph taken in this apartment shows one of the side chairs in the hall outside the living room (Art Gallery files). Gift in 1977 to Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.

Bibliography: 

Joan Pearson Watkins Revocable Trust and Elizabeth Bidwell Bates, American Furniture:1620 to the Present (New York: Richard Marek Publishers, 1981), 508, ill.

Gordon Eliot Sands, “The Osborn Furniture: Modern Decorative Arts and the Department Store,” Decorative Arts Society Newsletter 3, no. 9 (September 1983): 3–4, fig. 4.

David L. Barquist, Elisabeth Donaghy Garrett, and Gerald W. R. Ward, American Tables and Looking Glasses in the Mabel Brady Garvan and Other Collections at Yale University (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1992), 88, 260–61, no. 140, ill.

John Stuart Gordon et al., A Modern World: American Design from the Yale University Art Gallery, 1920–1950 (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2011), 37, no. 16.

Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.