American Decorative Arts



Oak, pine, maple

63 1/8 × 46 11/16 × 23 5/8 in. (160.3 × 118.6 × 60 cm)
Mabel Brady Garvan Collection
Made in Essex County, Massachusetts
17th century

This cupboard was once in the collection of the noted Salem antiquarian, Henry F. Waters (1800-1900). Gift in 1930 to Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.


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), 468, app. no. 26, ill.

Barbara M. Ward and Gerald W. R. Ward, eds., Silver in American Life: Selections from the Mabel Brady Garvan and Other Collections at Yale University, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1979), 34, 102–3, no. 77, ill.

Judith Bernstein et al., The Eye of the Beholder: Fakes, Replicas, and Alterations in American Art, ed. Gerald W. R. Ward, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1977), 36, fig. 33.

Esther Singleton, The Furniture of Our Forefathers, 2 vols. (New York: Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1900–1901), 169, ill.

Frances Clary Morse, Furniture of the Olden Time (New York: MacMillan Company, 1908), 82, illus. 56.

Anderson Galleries, New York, Fifth Sale of Fine Early American Furniture: Gathered by Jacob Margolis Cabinet Maker of New York City, sale cat. (November 12–15, 1924), 107–8, ill.

Herbert Cescinsky and George Leland Hunter, English and American Furniture (Grand Rapids, Mich.: Dean-Hicks Company, 1929), 47, ill.

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), 189, 191, fig. 189.

Newton W. Elwell, Colonial Furniture and Interiors (Boston: G.H. Polley & Co., 1896), pl. 48.

Irving P. Lyon, “The Oak Furniture of Ipswich, Massachusetts, Part V: Small-Panel Type Affiliates,” Antiques 33, no. 6 (June 1938): 322–23, fig. 42.

Richard H. Saunders, “Collecting American Decorative Arts in New England: Part I, 1793–1876,” Antiques 109, no. 5 (May 1976): 1001, pl. 3.

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