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American Decorative Arts

Chest of drawers


Top, stiles, rails, muntins, side panels, drawer fronts and sides, braces, red oak and white oak; back panels, drawer bottoms and backs, eastern white pine; restored feet, maple

34 1/2 × 36 × 20 in. (87.7 × 91.4 × 50.8 cm) other (Case): 33 13/16 × 18 15/16 in.(85.9 × 48.1 cm)
Mabel Brady Garvan Collection
Made in New England
By appointment
18th century

Jacob Margolis, Inc, New York; acquired at auction in 1927 by Francis P. Garvan, New York Gift 1930 to Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.


American Art Association, New York, The Jacob Margolis Early American Collection, sale cat. (March 17–19, 1927).

“The Margolis Shop advertisement,” Antiquarian 8, no. 1 (February 1927): 13.

Edward Wenham, The Collector’s Guide to Furniture Design (New York: Collectors Press, 1928), 64, fig. 183.

Thomas H. Ormsbee, The Story of American Furniture (New York: MacMillan Company, 1934), 60–61, fig. 20.

Thomas H. Ormsbee, “The Chest of Drawers and Changing Style,” American Collector 3, no. 14 (April 1945): 8.

Charles Nagel, Jr., American Furniture: 1650–1850 (New York: Chanticleer Press, 1949), 20, pl. 2c.

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), 123, 135–37, no. 57, 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.