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American Decorative Arts

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Mahogany, mahogany veneer, a burl veneer, light- and dark-wood inlays; eastern white pine; some drawer runners, replaced, yellow poplar

90 1/4 × 66 11/16 × 19 15/16 in. (229.3 × 169.4 × 50.7 cm)
other (Upper case): 65 1/4 in. (165.8 cm)
other (Lower case): 65 7/8 in. (167.3 cm)
other (Upper case (side section)): 12 3/16 in. (30.9 cm)
other (Upper case (center section)): 14
Mabel Brady Garvan Collection
Made in Salem, Massachusetts
18th–19th century

Ipswich Historical Society, Ipswich, MA; by sale to Francis P. Garvan, New York. Gift in 1930 to Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.


“Exhibition of Georgian Art,” The Pennsylvania Museum Bulletin 26, no. 138 (January 1931): 10.

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), 6, 327, 355–57, no. 184, ill.

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