American Decorative Arts

Stand

1760–80

Mahogany

26 5/8 in. (67.6 cm) other (With top up): 36 3/4 in.(93.4 cm) other (Top): 17 9/16 in.(44.6 cm)
Mabel Brady Garvan Collection
1930.2041
Culture: 
American
Period: 
18th century
Classification: 
Furniture
Geography: 
Manufactured in Virginia, United States
Status: 
By appointment
Provenance: 

This stand was among the furnishings of "Audley," the Clarke County, Virginia, home of Lorenzo Lewis (1803-1847). According to family tradition, it belonged to his mother, Eleanor Parke Custis Lewis (1779-1852), the granddaughter of Martha Dandridge Custis, whose second husband was George Washington. After the death of her husband, "Nelly" Lewis moved from "Woodlawn," her home in Fairfax County, to live with her son. The stand presumably accompanied her to "Audley" at this time. Lorenzo Lewis's estate was divided between four of his sons; the house at "Audley" was inherited by H.L. Daingerfield Lewis (1841-1893). After his mother's and brothers' deaths, Daingerfield Lewis appears to have owned most of the family furniture and other heirlooms, which he and his heirs sold in a series of auctions and private seals from 1890 onward. The house at "Audley" was sold in 1902 to Archibald Cummins, who in turn sold it to B.B. Jones in 1921 (Wayland 1944, pp. 201-210). The Art Gallery's stand was acquired from an unidentified source by the collectors Harry H. and Bertha Benkard of New York. Garvan purchased it at an auction of objects consigned by Mrs. Benkard on April 20, 1929 (Benkard 1929, no, 83). Gift in 1930 to Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.

Bibliography: 

David L. Barquist, Elisabeth Donaghy Garrett, and Gerald W. R. Ward, American Tables and Looking Glasses in the Mabel Brady Garvan and Other Collections at Yale University (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1992), 74, 246–47, no. 133, ill.

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