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American Decorative Arts

Chest of Drawers


Top, sides, mahogany; drawer dividers, front edge of top and sides, front skirt, front feet, mahogany veneer and light- and dark-wood inlay; drawer fronts, tablet in apron, birch (Betula spp.) veneer; eastern white pine

38 3/4 × 40 3/8 × 23 5/8 in. (98.4 × 102.6 × 60 cm)
other (Case): 39 1/8 × 21 1/4 in. (99.3 × 53.9 cm)
Mabel Brady Garvan Collection
Made in Northeastern Massachusetts
or made in New Hampshire
18th–19th century

Israel Sack, New York; by sale in 1929 to Francis P. Garvan, New York, to 1930; 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. 699.

Loan Exhibition of Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth-Century Furniture and Glass, exh. cat. (New York: American Art Galleries, 1929), n.p., no. 699, ill.

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

Edgar G. Miller, American Antique Furniture: A Book for Amateurs, 2 vols. (Baltimore: Lord Baltimore Press, 1937), vol. 1, pp. 406–7, no. 727.

Homer Eaton Keyes, “American Satinwood Furniture,” Antiques 4, no. 44 (October 1938): 201, fig. 4.

Helen Comstock, The Concise Encyclopedia of American Antiques, 2 vols. (London: The Connoisseur, 1958), 36, pl. 16C.

Meyric R. Rogers, “Garvan Furniture at Yale,” Connoisseur Year Book, 1960 (1960): 61, fig. 15.

Helen Comstock, American Furniture: Seventeenth, Eighteenth, and Nineteenth Century Styles (New York: Viking Press, 1962), n.p., fig. 467.

John T. Kirk, Early American Furniture: How to Recognize, Evaluate, and Care for the Most Beautiful Pieces: High Style, Country, Primitive and Rustic (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1970), 112–13, fig. 95.

John T. Kirk, The Impecunious Collector’s Guide to American Antiques (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1975), 170, fig. 161.

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), 36, 123, 148–49, no. 67, pl. 6.

Handbook of the Collections, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1992), 91, 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.