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American Decorative Arts

Oval Table with Falling Leaves

1690–1720

Beech, soft maple, birch

26 9/16 × 12 13/16 × 28 1/16 in. (67.4 × 32.5 × 71.3 cm)
other (open): 37 3/8 in. (94.9 cm)
Mabel Brady Garvan Collection
1930.2130
In the first half of the eighteenth century, small tables with falling leaves were a new furniture form. Surviving examples were made predominately in New England. The crisp turnings, the contours of the pivot supports, and the traces of red-brown paint on the base make this table an exceptional example of the form.
Geography: 
Made in Southern Connecticut
Status: 
On view
Culture: 
American
Period: 
18th century
Classification: 
Furniture
Provenance: 

Garvan purchased this table from Harry Arons on December 18, 1924. Gift in 1930 to Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.

Bibliography: 

Leslie Richardson, “An Early Connecticut Interior,” Antiques 16 (December 1929): 500, fig. 1.

David L. Barquist, Elisabeth Donaghy Garrett, and Gerald W. R. Ward, American Tables and Looking Glasses in the Mabel Brady Garvan and Other Collections at Yale University (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1992), 41, 127–28, no. 46, pl. 3, ill.

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.