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American Decorative Arts
Designer: Edward Wormley, American, 1907–1995
Manufacturer: Dunbar Furniture Corporation, American, founded 1919


ca. 1955

Case, a grained hardwood plywood, dark in color; drawer front, cupboard doors, a light, bleached walnut veneer; back of case, a plywood with an inner facing of sugar maple; four adjustable shelves, a sugar maple veneer, some with bird’s-eye figure, over a yellow poplar core; coin tray, walnut; base frame, elm on front and back, yellow poplar on sides; hard maple; mahogany; possibly ash

32 1/16 × 36 × 18 3/16 in. (81.5 × 91.5 × 46.2 cm)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Gifford Phillips, Class of 1942
This cabinet and a related chest of drawers are part of the Career Group of home furniture that Edward Wormley designed for the Dunbar Furniture Company; the group was introduced in 1952–53. The stated goal of the group was to “provide less costly furniture for the young homemaker,” and it was “purposely designed along simple lines to eliminate expensive details.”
Made in Berne, Indiana
On view
20th century

Acquired as household furnishings by Mr. and Mrs. Gifford Phillips of Santa Monica, CA, in the mid 1950s. Gift in 1984 to Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.


“Acquisitions 1984,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin 39, no. 3 (Winter 1986): 77.

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), 161, 441–42, no. 228, ill.

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