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American Decorative Arts
Maker: John Geib, Jr., active 1815–22



Case, mahogany veneer on eastern white pine; pedestals, base, mahogany; drawer sides, backs, bottoms, yellow poplar; brace above left pedestal support, other elements, American black cherry; keys, basswood with ebony and ivory facings; soundboard, spruce; other piano elements, soft maple and eastern white pine; inlays, light and dark woods; figured panel on nameboard, probably maple rather than satinwood.

35 1/8 × 69 1/8 × 24 13/16 in. (89.2 × 175.6 × 63 cm)
Mabel Brady Garvan Collection
Made in New York, New York
19th century
Musical Instruments

R.T. Haines Halsey (1865–1942), New York, NY, around 1929; purchased by Francis P. Garvan (1875–1937), New York, NY, 1929–30; gift to Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn., 1930


Charles O. Cornelius, Furniture Masterpieces of Duncan Phyfe (Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1922), 79–80, pl. 52, facing p. 75.

Charles O. Cornelius, “The Distinctiveness of Duncan Phyfe,” Antiques 5, no. 2 (November 1922): 208, fig. 7.

William Farquhar Payson, ed., Mahogany, Antique and Modern (New York: E.P. Dutton, 1926), between pp. 76–77.

Charles Messer Stow, “The Theme of Luxury in the Garvan Collection,” Antiquarian 3, no. 15 (September 1930): 36, 70, ill.

Nancy A. McClelland, Duncan Phyfe and the English Regency, 1795–1830 (New York: William Scott, 1935), pl. 84.

John Marshall Phillips, “Outstanding Examples from the Mabel Brady Garvan Collections,” Bulletin of the Associates in Fine Arts at Yale University 8, no. 2 (February 1938): 44, ill.

N. A. Smith, “The Case of the Nineteenth-Century Piano: Grand, Square, and Upright,” Valuation (June 1984), 16–17.

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), 447, 449–51, no. 231, ill.

Handbook of the Collections, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1992), 60.

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