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American Decorative Arts
Maker, attributed to: Daniel White, Jr.,

Chest wtih two drawers


Stiles, rails, front and side panels, drawer fronts, left side of lower drawer, soft maple, probably red maple; top, drawer bottoms, back panels, bottom of chest, southern yellow pine; drawer runners, back and sides of upper drawer, right side of bottom drawer, red oak; back side of bottom drawer, sycamore

44 15/16 × 46 1/2 × 19 5/8 in. (114.1 × 118.1 × 49.8 cm)
other (Case): 43 11/16 × 18 9/16 in. (110.9 × 47.2 cm)
Mabel Brady Garvan Collection
Probably made in Hatfield, Massachusetts
or made in Windsor, Connecticut
17th–18th century

The early history of this chest is unknown. It is said to have been found in Syracuse, N.Y., by dealer Charles R. Morson, New York; by sale in 1929 to Francis P. Garvan, New York; gift 1930 to Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.


Charles Messer Stow, “The Theme of Luxury in the Garvan Collection,” Antiquarian 3, no. 15 (September 1930): 35, ill.

Walter A. Dyer, “The American Chest: Eighteenth Century,” Antiquarian 5, no. 17 (November 1931): 45, ill.

Luke Vincent Lockwood, Three Centuries of Connecticut Furniture, 1635–1935: An Exhibition at the Morgan Memorial, Hartford as art of the Celebration of the Tercentenary of Connecticut, exh. cat. (Hartford, Conn.: Morgan Memorial, 1935), no. 17.

John T. Kirk, “Sources of Some American Regional Furniture,” Antiques 88 (December 1965): 791, fig. 2.

Connecticut Furniture: Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries, exh. cat. (Hartford, Conn.: Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, 1967), 15, no. 21, ill.

Patricia E. Kane, “The Joiners of Seventeenth-Century Hartford County,” Connecticut Historical Society Bulletin 35 (July 1970): 66–67, fig. 1.

Patricia E. Kane, The Seventeenth-Century Furniture of the Connecticut Valley: The Hadley Chest Reappraised, ed. Ian M. G. Quimby (Charlottesville, Va.: University Press of Virginia, 1975), 111, no. 10, fig. 14.

Victor Chinnery, Oak Furniture: The British Tradition (Suffolk, England: Antique Collector’s Club Ltd., 1979), 508, fig. 4:206.

John T. Kirk, American Furniture and the British Tradition to 1830 (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1982), 95–96, fig. 231.

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), 81, 99–100, 112, no. 31, 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.