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American Decorative Arts

Dressing table


Front and drawer fronts, walnut veneer on eastern white pine; sides, stretchers, moldings, American black walnut; top, back, drawer linings, drawer supports, vertical partitions, other interior elements, eastern white pine; legs, aspen

30 5/8 × 33 1/4 × 20 9/16 in. (77.8 × 84.5 × 52.3 cm)
other (Case): 28 1/8 × 18 1/8 in. (71.5 × 46.1 cm)
Mabel Brady Garvan Collection
Made in Boston, Massachusetts
18th century

Mr. and Mrs. G. G. Ernst, Norwalk, CT; acquired at auction in 1926 by Francis P. Garvan, New York. Gift in 1930 to Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.


American Art Galleries, New York, The Early American Collection of Mr. and Mrs. G.G. Ernst, Norwalk, Conn., sale cat. (January 20-23 1926), 121, ill.

Douglass Scott, Joan Ketter, and Michael Boodro, The American Clock, 1725–1865, Forgeries and Restorations in American Furniture: Two Yale Student Exhibitions, May 18–June 28, 1974, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Garvan Furniture Study, May 18–June 28, 1974), n.p., no. 21.

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, 197–98, 200, 201, no. 93, ill.

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