American Decorative Arts
Maker, possibly by: Nathaniel Stone, 1649–1709

Cupboard

1670–1700

Frame, primarily red oak; top of upper case, chestnut; spindles, bosses, triglyphs, light moldings, eastern red cedar

55 9/16 x 51 5/16 x 23 3/16 in. (141.1 x 130.3 x 58.9 cm) other (Upper case): 47 15/16 x 21 11/16 in.(121.8 x 55.1 cm) other (Lower case): 47 13/16 x 21 3/4 in.(121.5 x 55.3 cm)
Mabel Brady Garvan Collection
1930.2192
Culture: 
American
Period: 
17th century
Classification: 
Furniture
Geography: 
Made in Guilford, Connecticut
Status: 
By appointment
Provenance: 

Stone family, Madison, Conn.; sold in 1883 to a Mrs. Leete as agent for Irving W. Lyon (1840–1896), Hartford, Conn.; by descent to his son Charles Woolsey Lyon (1872–1945), New York; sold in 1929 to Francis P. Garvan, New York; by gift to Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn., 1930

Bibliography: 

James J. Morrison, “The First International Antiques Exposition,” Antiquarian 12, no. 4 (May 1929): 48, ill.

Walter A. Dyer, “The American Press and Court Cupboard,” Fine Arts 3, no. 19 (December 1932): 19, ill.

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), 14, pl. 3, ill.

Connecticut Furniture: Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries, exh. cat. (Hartford, Conn.: Wadsworth Atheneum, 1967), 64, no. 108, ill.

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), 146–47, fig. 149.

Patricia E. Kane, Furniture of the New Haven Colony: The Seventeenth Century Style, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: New Haven Museum and Historical Society, 1973), 34–35, no. 13.

“The First International Antiques Exhibition,” Antiques 121, no. 1 (January 1982): 275, 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), 375, 385–87, no. 198, 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.