Coffer Maker: Unknown
Engraver: John Bower (w. 1809 - 1819)


Mahogany and maple veneer, some with the tiger figure, over a frame of yellow poplar; lowest and outer portion of lid, cherry; lidded compartments on interior, maple; new braces, oak


16 1/4 × 30 3/8 × 16 1/4 in. (41.3 × 77.2 × 41.3 cm)

Credit Line

Mabel Brady Garvan Collection

Accession Number



19th century


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 records is ongoing.



Mrs. A. K. Hostetter (dealer), Lancaster, Pa.; by sale in 1936 to Francis P. Garvan, New York Gift 1936 to Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.
  • 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), 47–48, no. 14, ill
  • Charles L. Venable, "Germanic Craftsmen and Furniture Design in Philidelphia 1820–1850," American Furniture (1998), 46, fig. 1
  • 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), 7, 57, 77–78, no. 18
  • Beatrice Bronson Garvan, Federal Philadelphia, 1785–1825: The Athens of the Western World (Philadelphia: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1987), 45, fig. 30
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The engraved plaque on the top reads: "Die Hermann Interstutzungs / PHILAD [period with an "A" over it] / Incorporit den Isten May / Im JAHR / 1816. / Bruderschafft." Translated literally, this inscription reads: "The Hermann Relief [or aid] Brotherhood [or fellowship], incorporated the first of May in the year 1816." Engraved below the letter L in PHILAD [same symbol] is "J Bower. Sc." Modern printed labels affixed to the underside of the inner compartments read: "ROBERT F. MURRAY. / CABINET MAKER / 55th St., one door below Chester Ave., West Phila."

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