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American Decorative Arts
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Maker: Alexander Roux, American, born France, 1813–1886



Rosewood veneer, marquetry, plywood, soft maple, American black cherry, chestnut, eastern white pine, yellow poplar, and curly maple veneer with gilded bronze and porcelain

50 7/8 × 69 1/2 × 16 3/16 in. (129.2 × 176.6 × 41.1 cm)
other (Case): 59 1/8 × 14 1/8 in. (150.2 × 35.8 cm)
Mabel Brady Garvan Collection
Known in its day as a French or drawing room cabinet, this form served primarily as a decorative pedestal; the narrow interior provided only a modest amount of storage. French immigrant craftsman Alexander Roux operated one of the largest and most fashionable shops in New York. The Rococo-style porcelain plaques and the Neoclassical-style inlay on the doors illustrate the confluence of stylistic traditions found in American furniture of the mid-nineteenth century.
Made in New York, New York
On view
19th century

Purchased in 1970 from dealer Peter Hill, Washington, D.C. Gift in 1970 to Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.


Gerald W. R. Ward, American Case Furniture in the Mabel Brady Garvan and Other Collections at Yale University (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1988), 9, 12, 53, 434–36, no. 224, pl. 23.

Handbook of the Collections, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1992), 97, ill.

Helen A. Cooper et al., Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness: American Art from the Yale University Art Gallery, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2008), 331–32, no. 212, ill.

Charles F. Montgomery and Patricia E. Kane, eds., American Art: 1750–1800 Towards Independence, exh. cat. (Boston: New York Graphic Society, 1976), pl. 14.

Patricia E. Kane, “American Furniture in the Yale University Art Gallery,” Antiques 117, no. 5 (June 1980): 1327, pl. 14.

“Recent Gifts and Purchases,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin 33, no. 1 (Summer 1971): 34, ill.

Kevin Stayton, A Century of Tradition and Innovation in American Decorative Arts, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1979–80), no. 6, ill.

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