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American Decorative Arts
Maker, attributed to: Benjamin Peabody, 1717–1794

High Chest of Drawers


Mahogany, chestnut; top front rail in lower case, eastern white pine; spring lock on upper right drawer in upper case, white oak; replaced spring lock on upper left drawer in upper case, black locust

82 1/2 × 39 3/16 × 20 1/8 in. (209.6 × 99.5 × 51.1 cm)
other (Upper case): 35 7/8 × 18 7/16 in. (91.2 × 46.8 cm)
other (Lower case): 37 7/16 × 19 1/2 in. (95.1 × 49.5 cm)
Mabel Brady Garvan Collection
Made in Newport, Rhode Island
18th century

Henry V. Weil, New York; by sale to Francis P. Garvan, New York. Gift in 1930 to Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.


Edgar G. Miller, American Antique Furniture: A Book for Amateurs, 2 vols. (Baltimore: Lord Baltimore Press, 1937), vol. 1, pp. 372–73, no. 656.

Ralph E. Carpenter, Jr., “The Newport Exhibition,” Antiques 64, no. 1 (July 1953): 43, fig. 20.

Ralph E. Carpenter, Jr., The Arts and Crafts of Newport, Rhode Island, 1640–1820 (Newport, R.I.: Preservation Society of Newport County, 1954), 67, no. 41.

Ralph E. Carpenter, Jr., “Schemes for an Exhibition House,” Antiques 70, no. 1 (July 1956): 57.

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), fig. 90.

Robert Bishop, How to Know American Antique Furniture (New York: E. P. Dutton, 1973), fig. 71.

John T. Kirk, American Furniture and the British Tradition to 1830 (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1982), fig. 352.

Liza Moses and Michael Moses, “Authenticating John Townsend’s and John Goddard’s Queen Anne and Chippendale Tables,” Antiques 121, no. 5 (May 1982): fig. 3.103.

Michael Moses, Master Craftsmen of Newport: The Townsends and Goddards (Tenafly, N.J.: MMI Americana Press, 1984), 146, 185, fig. 3.103.

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), 270–72, 314–15, no. 142, ill.

Patricia E. Kane, “ ‘An Ingenious Man:’ Benjamin Peabody, Newport Cabinetmaker,” American Furniture (2021): (forthcoming).

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.