American Decorative Arts

Gentleman’s secretary

1790–1815

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

90 1/4 x 66 11/16 x 19 15/16 in. (229.3 x 169.4 x 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 1/8 in.(35.9 c
Mabel Brady Garvan Collection
1930.2016
Culture: 
American
Period: 
18th–19th century
Classification: 
Furniture
Geography: 
Made in Salem, Massachusetts
Status: 
By appointment
Provenance: 

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

Bibliography: 

“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.

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.