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American Decorative Arts
Maker, probably by: Eliphalet Chapin, American, 1741–1807

High chest of drawers

possibly 1790

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)
Mabel Brady Garvan Collection
Made in East Windsor, Connecticut
18th century

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 H. Ormsbee, The Story of American Furniture (New York: MacMillan Company, 1934), fig. 117.

Meyric R. Rogers, “Garvan Furniture at Yale,” Connoisseur Year Book, 1960 (1960): 60, fig. 13.

Helen Comstock, “The American Highboy,” Antiques 80, no. 3 (September 1961): 231, fig. 11.

Helen Comstock, American Furniture: Seventeenth, Eighteenth, and Nineteenth Century Styles (New York: Viking Press, 1962), no. 314.

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.

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.

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.

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