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American Decorative Arts

Chest of Drawers


Rear stiles, rails, drawer dividers, drawer sides, applied moldings, red oak; front stiles, three drawer fronts, beveled strips on top and bottom drawer, replaced turned feet, soft maple; top, side and back panels, drawer bottoms, eastern white pine; front of third drawer from top, beech; backs of top and bottom drawer, eastern hemlock; replaced base molding, probably ash

36 3/16 × 39 9/16 × 23 in. (91.9 × 100.5 × 58.4 cm) other (Case): 37 5/8 × 21 7/8 in.(95.6 × 55.6 cm)
Mabel Brady Garvan Collection
Made in Boston, Massachusetts
By appointment
17th–18th century

The Garvan files state that the chest of drawers was originally from Ipswich, Mass., according to tradition, but there is no documentation of this tradition. Jacob Margolis, New York; acquired at auction in 1923 by Francis P. Garvan, New York Gift 1930 to Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.


Anderson Galleries, New York, Third Sale of Fine Early American Furniture Gathered during the Last Seven Months by Jacob Margolis, Cabinet Maker of New York City, sale cat. (November 16–17, 1923).

Brock Jobe and Myrna Kaye, New England Furniture: The Colonial Era (Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1984), 136–38, fig. 13b.

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), 123, 134–35, no. 56, ill.

Joshua A. Klein, “An Unjustified Mystique: Period Dovetails Up-Close,” Mortise and Tenon Magazine (2016): 112, 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.