American Decorative Arts
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Maker: Ebenezer Tracy, American, 1744–1803

Bow-back Windsor Armchair


White oak, chestnut, hard maple

38 5/8 x 17 1/4 x 20 in. (98.1 x 43.8 x 50.8 cm) other (Seat): 17 5/8 in.(44.8 cm)
Mabel Brady Garvan Collection
The daring construction of the continuous bow-back chair is a great achievement of the Windsor chairmaker’s craft. On this example, the spindles have swelled turnings at the center, characteristic of Connecticut Windsor chairs.
18th century
Made in Lisbon, Connecticut
By appointment

Irving W. Lyon, Hartford, Conn.; Francis P. Garvan, New York, N.Y.; The Mabel Brady Garvan Collection.


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), 140, fig. 143.

Patricia E. Kane, 300 Years of American Seating Furniture Chairs and Beds from the Mabel Brady Garvan and Other Collections at Yale University (Boston: New York Graphic Society, 1976), 207-8, no. 189, ill.

Charles F. Montgomery and Patricia E. Kane, eds., American Art: 1750–1800 Towards Independence, exh. cat. (Boston: New York Graphic Society, 1976), 169, fig. 122.

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.