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Desk

1690–1735

Maple, cherry, walnut veneer, yellow poplar

42 3/8 × 36 × 20 1/8 in. (107.6 × 91.4 × 51.1 cm)
Mabel Brady Garvan Collection
1930.2119
Geography: 
Made in Rhode Island
Culture: 
American
Period: 
18th century
Classification: 
Furniture
Provenance: 

Gift in 1930 to Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.

Bibliography: 

Associates in Fine Arts, Yale University, “Handbook: A Description of the Gallery of Fine Arts and the Collections,” Bulletin of the Associates in Fine Arts at Yale University 5, nos. 1–3 (1931): 58, ill.

Walter A. Dyer, “The American Scrutoire-Desk: Primitive - Queen Anne,” Fine Arts 18, no. 5 (April 1932): 31, ill.

R. W. Symonds and Thomas H. Ormsbee, Antique Furniture of the Walnut Period (New York: Robert M. McBride & Company, 1947).

Charles Nagel, Jr., American Furniture: 1650–1850 (New York: Chanticleer Press, 1949), 25, 41, pl. 5b.

Douglass Scott, Joan Ketter, and Michael Boodro, The American Clock, 1725–1865, Forgeries and Restorations in American Furniture: Two Yale Student Exhibitions, May 18–June 28, 1974, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Garvan Furniture Study, May 18–June 28, 1974), n.p., no. 24.

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), 464-65, app. no. 19, ill.

Patricia E. Kane et al., Art and Industry in Early America: Rhode Island Furniture, 1650–1830, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2016), 5n4.

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.