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American Decorative Arts
Maker: James Tabele, w. 1794-1803



Mahogany; top, drawer and door fronts, case front, mahogany veneer with light- and dark- wood inlays; drawer sides and backs, other elements, yellow poplar; drawer fronts and backs, other elements, eastern white pine; top front rail at each side, ash.

40 13/16 × 79 3/16 × 29 7/8 in. (103.6 × 201.2 × 75.9 cm)
Mabel Brady Garvan Collection
The end of the eighteenth century saw the introduction of the sideboard, a complex furniture form for the storage and display of silver, dishes, glasses, tablecloths, bottles, chamber pots, and other accoutrements necessary for dining. This sideboard labeled by James Tabele is one of the most elaborate surviving examples from New York, with its extra set of legs, pictorial inlays, arched tambour opening, and an intricate, curving facade.
Made in New York, New York
On view
18th–19th century

The sideboard may have been owned in the 1920s by the family of a Mrs. F. C. Adler of Gansevoort, N. Y. It was sold by dealer Charles Woolsey Lyon, New York, to Francis P. Garvan, New York. Gift in 1930 to Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.


Charles Messer Stow, “Labels: Parcels of Serious Collecting,” Antiquarian 14 (February 1930): 53, 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), 413, 420–22, no. 217, ill.

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