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American Decorative Arts



American black walnut; slip seat frame, pine of the Taeda group

43 × 17 7/8 × 17 1/2 in. (109.2 × 45.4 × 44.5 cm)
seat: 17 × 22 3/8 in. (43.2 × 56.8 cm)
Mabel Brady Garvan Collection
Made in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
18th century

John L. Black, Washington, D.C.; Francis P. Garvan, New York, N.Y. (1926); The Mabel Brady Garvan Collection.


American Art Association and American Art Galleries, New York, Colonial Object Collection of John L. Black, sale cat. (January 9, 1926), 35, fig. 122.

John T. Kirk, American Chairs: Queen Anne and Chippendale (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1972), 78, fig. 66.

Douglass Scott, Joan Ketter, and Michael Boodro, The American Clock, 1725–1865, Forgeries and Restorations in American Furniture: Two Yale Student Exhibitions, May 18–June 28, 1974, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Garvan Furniture Study, May 18–June 28, 1974), n.p., no. 11.

Patricia E. Kane, 300 Years of American Seating Furniture Chairs and Beds from the Mabel Brady Garvan and Other Collections at Yale University (Boston: New York Graphic Society, 1976), 150-152, no. 129, ill.

Jane Wildgoose, Promiscuous Assemblage, Friendship and the Order of Things, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale Center for British Art, 2009), 32, no. 160.

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