High Chest of Drawers
Philadelphia cabinetmakers produced the most exuberant and elaborate American rococo furniture, and the high chest of drawers was their most complex and ambitious form. This example and its matching dressing table (also in the Yale University Art Gallery's collection) are noteworthy for the carefully chosen wood and the liveliness of the carving. The craftsman who ornamented these pieces was the most prolific carver working in Philadelphia in the mid-eighteenth century, but his identity is not known. He is referred to as the "Garvan carver" because of the stellar quality of his work on the Yale examples.
American black walnut; drawer sides, dustboards, other elements, yellow poplar; drawer bottoms, backs, Atlantic white cedar; bottom of upper case, a backboard of lower case, southern yellow pine
96 3/4 × 45 1/2 × 23 11/16 in. (245.7 × 115.5 × 60.1 cm)
other (Lower case): 43 3/8 × 21 13/16 in. (110.2 × 55.4 cm)
other (Upper case): 41 5/16 × 20 5/8 in. (105 × 52.4 cm)
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Mabel Brady Garvan Collection
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