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American Decorative Arts

North Branford Living Room


Eastern white pine; yellow poplar

Mabel Brady Garvan Collection
Made in North Branford, Connecticut
Made in New Haven County
Not on view
18th century
Architectural Elements

The so-called Rose-Curtiss house of North Branford, CT, built in the 1720s by Jonathan Rose, Jr. (d. 1768), and his wife Abigail (Barker) Rose. The house was inherited by their son Justus Rose (d. 1810), who in turn passed it to his son, Jonathan Rose (d. 1862). The house was owned later by the Reverend William B. Curtiss and was acquired in 1922 by New Haven Water Company. Some of the woodwork from the first floor of the house, including this buffet, was purchased by Yale in 1926 and subsequently installed as two period rooms in the Art Gallery, then under construction, in 1928-1929; the rooms remain on view today. The Rose house was destroyed prior to the flooding of the land by the water company for a reservoir known as Lake Gailliard.


“Yale’s Branford Rooms,” Christian Science Monitor (October 1930), n.p.

Associates in Fine Arts, Yale University, “Handbook: A Description of the Gallery of Fine Arts and the Collections,” Bulletin of the Associates in Fine Arts at Yale University 5, nos. 1–3 (1931): 44, ill.

“Pictorial Supplement,” Yale Daily News (October 15, 1932), n.p.

Walter A. Dyer, “American Corner Cupboards: 1710–1810,” Fine Arts 1, no. 20 (May 1933): 26.

Russell Hawes Kettell, Early American Rooms (Portland, Maine: Southworth-Anthoensen Press, 1936), 47–58, Wall B.

“Yale Alumni Magazine,” Yale Alumni Magazine 11, no. 4 (January 1941): 2.

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), 50–51, 397, 400–402, 403, no. 205, pl. 20.

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