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American Decorative Arts

Chest-on-chest with secretary drawer


Mahogany; eastern white pine

87 3/4 × 42 3/4 × 23 1/16 in. (222.9 × 108.6 × 58.6 cm)
other (Upper case): 38 1/4 × 19 5/16 in. (97.1 × 49 cm)
other (Lower case): 40 1/8 × 21 5/16 in. (101.9 × 54.2 cm)
Mabel Brady Garvan Collection
Made in Essex County, Massachusetts
18th century

According to an unsubstantiated tradition, this chest was found in Boxford, Mass. It wsa in the collection of Philip Flayderman, Boston, and was acquired at auction in 1930 by Francis P. Garvan, New York. Gift in 1930 to Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.


Anderson Galleries and American Art Association, New York, Colonial Furniture, Silver, and Decorations: The Collection of the Late Philip Flayderman, sale cat. (January 2–4, 1930).

Elizabeth Dunn, “American Beautiful,” House Beautiful 10, no. 79 (October 1937): 56.

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), 163, 169, 170–71, no. 81, 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.