High chest of drawers Maker, probably by: Eliphalet Chapin (American, 1741–1807)


American black cherry; eastern white pine


86 3/4 × 40 3/16 × 20 7/16 in. (220.3 × 102.1 × 51.9 cm)
Upper case: 36 5/16 × 17 5/16 in. (92.2 × 44 cm)
Lower case: 38 9/16 × 18 1/2 in. (97.9 × 47 cm)

Credit Line

Mabel Brady Garvan Collection

Accession Number



18th century


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 records is ongoing.



Abigail Olcott King (1760–1837) and Alexander King (1749–1831), East Windsor, Conn.; by descent to their daughter Harriet King (1795–1884), East Windsor, Conn.; by descent to her great-niece Mrs. Charles W. Vibert (née Mary King, 1852–1892), South Windsor, Conn.; William R. Secord; sold to Francis P. Garvan, New York, 1928; by gift in 1930 to Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn., 1930
  • Thomas Peter Kugelman et al., Connecticut Valley Furniture: Eliphalet Chapin and His Contemporaries, 1750-1800, ed. Susan Schoelwer (Hartford, Conn.: Connecticut Historical Society Museum, 2005), 147, no. 58, 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), 215–16, 235, 278–80, 300, no. 146, 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), fig. 84
  • Helen Comstock, American Furniture: Seventeenth, Eighteenth, and Nineteenth Century Styles (New York: Viking Press, 1962), no. 314
  • Helen Comstock, "The American Highboy," Antiques 80, no. 3 (September 1961), 231, fig. 11
  • Meyric R. Rogers, "Garvan Furniture at Yale," Connoisseur Year Book, 1960 (1960), 60, fig. 13
  • Luke Vincent Lockwood, Three Centuries of Connecticut Furniture, 1635–1935: An Exhibition at the Morgan Memorial, Hartford as art of the Celebration of the Tercentenary of Connecticut, exh. cat. (Hartford, Conn.: Morgan Memorial, 1935), 22, no. 161
  • Thomas H. Ormsbee, The Story of American Furniture (New York: MacMillan Company, 1934), fig. 117
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Additional information

Object/Work type

high chests of drawers


Written in white chalk on the inside of the back of the upper left drawer in the upper case is "O 4-2 mony." There are chalk inscription on the sides of the lower side drawers in the lower case and other chalk shop marks. A Connecticut Tercentenary (1935) label is pasted to the inside of the right side of the upper right drawer in the upper case and in the same location on the wide drawer in the lower case.

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