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

Dressing table


American black cherry; eastern white pine

32 3/4 × 34 13/16 × 19 13/16 in. (83.2 × 88.4 × 50.3 cm)
Case: 32 1/2 × 17 3/16 in. (82.6 × 43.7 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, Hartford, Conn.; sold to Francis P. Garvan, New York, 1928; by gift in 1930 to Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn., 1930


Three Centuries of Connecticut Furniture, 1635–1935: An Exhibition at the Morgan Memorial, Hartford, as a Part of the Celebrations of the Tercentenary of Connecticut, exh. cat. (Hartford, Conn.: The Case, Lockwood & Brainard Company, 1935), 18, no. 87.

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

Connecticut Furniture: Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries, exh. cat. (Hartford, Conn.: Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, 1967), 107, no. 186, 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), 195, 214–16, 300, no. 108, 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), 159, no. 66, ill.

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