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American Decorative Arts
Maker, attributed to: Duncan Phyfe, American, 1768–1854

Pair of card tables


Mahogany (including boards on top, strip glued to top of frame rails, glue blocks), mahogany veneer; eastern white pine (frame rails, lower laminate of medial brace), yellow poplar (compartment bottom)

30 × 38 1/4 × 18 3/8 in. (76.2 × 97.2 × 46.7 cm)
Mabel Brady Garvan Collection
Manufactured in New York
19th century

According to the text of the catalogue that accompanied the Girl Scouts' Loan Exhibition, "These tables came, only recently, into the possession of the present owner by inheritance" (Girl Scouts 1929, n. 744). Francis Garvan's files record that this pair of tables was presented to him by an unidentified "Mrs. Cowdrey," who apparently was a friend of the family rather than a relative. Gift in 1930 to Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.


Girl Scouts of the United States of America, Loan Exhibition of Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth Century Furniture and Glass, exh. cat. (New York: Lent & Graff Company, 1929), no. 774.

Loan Exhibition of Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth-Century Furniture and Glass, exh. cat. (New York: American Art Galleries, 1929), n.p., no. 774, ill.

Homer Eaton Keyes, “Long Text and Brief Sermon,” Antiques 5, no. 16 (November 1929): 369, ill.

Nancy A. McClelland, Duncan Phyfe and the English Regency, 1795–1830 (New York: William Scott, 1935), 152, pl. 132.

Edgar G. Miller, American Antique Furniture: A Book for Amateurs, 2 vols. (Baltimore: Lord Baltimore Press, 1937), vol. 1, pp. 792–93, no. 1530.

Patricia E. Kane, “American Furniture in the Yale University Art Gallery,” Antiques 117, no. 5 (June 1980): 1324, fig. 12.

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), 52, 222–24, no. 117, pl. 14, ill.

Philip D. Zimmerman, “New York Card Tables, 1800-1825,” American Furniture (2005): 137–38, fig. 33.

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.