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American Decorative Arts
Maker: Eliphalet Chapin, American, 1741–1807

Pair of Side Chairs


Cherry; corner blocks and slip seat frame, white pine

38 9/16 × 15 11/16 × 16 11/16 in. (97.9 × 39.8 × 42.4 cm)
Seat: 16 1/8 × 20 1/2 in. (40.9 × 52.1 cm)
Mabel Brady Garvan Collection
Made in East Windsor, Connecticut, North America
18th century

Abigail Olcott King (1760–1837) and Alexander King (1749–1831), East Windsor, Conn.; by descent to their daughter Harriet King (1795–1884), East Windsor, Conn.; sold to Irving W. Lyon (1840–1896), Hartford, Conn.; by descent to his son Charles W. Lyon, New York; sold in 1929 to Francis P. Garvan, New York; by gift to Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn., 1930


“More Evidence for Eliphalet,” Antiques 31 (January 1937): 11, fig. 7.

Emily M. Davis, “Eliphalet Chapin,” Antiques 35 (April 1939): 172, fig. 2.

Connecticut Furniture: Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries, exh. cat. (Hartford, Conn.: Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, 1967), 130–31, fig. 236.

John T. Kirk, American Chairs: Queen Anne and Chippendale (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1972), 146, fig. 193.

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), 138-140, no. 117, ill.

Handbook of the Collections, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1992), 90, ill.

Thomas Peter Kugelman et al., Connecticut Valley Furniture: Eliphalet Chapin and His Contemporaries, 1750-1800, ed. Susan Schoelwer (Hartford, Conn.: Connecticut Historical Society Museum, 2005), 146, no. 57D, ill.

David Jaffee, A New Nation of Goods: The Material Culture of Early America (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2010), 38–39, fig. 16.

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