American Decorative Arts

Medicine chest

1775–95

Mahogany, including bottom and partitions in bottle compartments; Atlantic white cedar

14 1/2 × 14 1/16 × 14 in. (36.9 × 35.7 × 35.6 cm) other (open): 27 7/16 in.(69.7 cm) other (Case, closed): 13 11/16 × 13 11/16 in.(34.7 × 34.7 cm)
Mabel Brady Garvan Collection
1930.2121
Culture: 
American
Period: 
18th century
Classification: 
Furniture
Geography: 
Made in Pennsylvania
Status: 
Not on view
Provenance: 

Acquired by Mr. and Mrs. G.G. Ernst, collectors, of Norwalk, Conn., between about 1898 and 1925; acquired at auction in 1926 by Francis P. Garvan, New York, to 1930; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.

Bibliography: 

American Art Galleries and American Art Association, New York, The Early American Collection of Mr. and Mrs. G. G. Ernst, Norwalk, Conn., sale cat. (January 20–23, 1926), 171, ill.

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), 4, 13, 57, 74–76, no. 16.

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.