American Decorative Arts
Designer: Alvar Aalto, Finnish, 1898–1976
Retailer: Artek-Pascoe, Incorporated, American, 1940–ca. 1948

Tea trolley


Hard maple (laminates of leg elements, edge moldings on top and shelf), birch (handle), laminated plywood with hard maple surface veneers (top, shelf); yellow-poplar (top and shelf frames)

21 7/8 × 35 3/16 × 17 13/16 in. (55.5 × 89.3 × 45.2 cm)
Gift of Keith Smith, Jr., B.A. 1928
20th century
Made in New York, New York
By appointment

The donor purchased this tea trolley from Artek-Pascoe in 1941 or 1942; it was part of a large order of Aalto furniture for a new house, including two upholstered armchairs, four upholstered side chairs, two low-back side chairs, and a stool, as well as a webbing-upholstered chair and bench designed by Ewald Holtkamp (see Appendix C). Gift in 1981 to Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.


“Acquisitions 1981,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin 38, no. 3 (Winter 1983): 72.

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), 96, 100, 271–73, no. 148, ill.

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