American Decorative Arts

Pembroke Drop Leaf Table

1820–40

Mahogany, mahogany veneer; yellow-poplar (back and lower front rails, right leaf support, drawer interior and guides), eastern white pine (upper front rail, drawer runners), elm (side frame rails, left leaf support)

29 15/16 x 19 7/16 x 34 5/16 in. (76 x 49.4 x 87.1 cm)
Mabel Brady Garvan Collection
1930.2082
Culture: 
American
Period: 
19th century
Classification: 
Furniture
Geography: 
Made in New York, New York
or possibly made in New Haven, New Haven County, Connecticut
Status: 
Not on view
Provenance: 

Acting as Garvan's agent, Henry Hammond Taylor purchased this table from an unidentified Mrs. DuBois, "an old lady in great need of money," on October 23, 1929. Taylor reported that the table originally had belonged to Ezra Stiles (1727-1795), seventh president of Yale and an ancestor of Mrs. DuBois (Taylor file, FPG-AAA). The table could not have belonged to Stiles himself, and attempts to connect it to his descendants have been unsuccessful. When a detailed family geneaology was published in 1895, none of his descendants had this surname. The only unmarried female recorded in 1895 who would have been over fifty-seven years old in 1929 was Sarah Wells Foote (1859-1955) of North Haven, the great-greanddaughter of Stiles' daughter Emelia and the owner of several pieces of Stiles family furniture (Stiles 1895, p. 209). A stand with a similar provenance is also at Yale (Barquist cat. 128). Gift in 1930 to Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.

Bibliography: 

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), 132, no. 50, ill.

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.