American Decorative Arts

Dressing table

1750–80

American black walnut; drawer sides and backs, yellow poplar; drawer bottoms, Atlantic white cedar

28 1/2 x 34 3/8 x 20 1/4 in. (72.4 x 87.3 x 51.5 cm) other (Case): 77 3/16 x 17 15/16 in.(196.1 x 45.6 cm)
Mabel Brady Garvan Collection
1930.2627
Culture: 
American
Period: 
18th century
Classification: 
Furniture
Geography: 
Made in Delaware Valley
Status: 
By appointment
Provenance: 

Probably firm of Winick & Sherman, New York; probably by sale to Mrs. Gertrude H. Camp, Whitemarch, Pa.: acquired at auction in 1928 by Francis P. Garvan, New York. Gift in 1930 to Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.

Bibliography: 

“Winick and Sherman advertisement,” Antiques 5, no. 11 (May 1927): 354, ill.

“Winick and Sherman advertisement,” Antiques 12, no. 6 (June 1927): 499, ill.

Anderson Galleries, New York, Eighteenth Century American Furniture Colonial and Georgian Silver: A Remarkable Collection Sold by Order of Mrs. Gertrude H. Camp, “The Hayloft,” Whitemarsh, PA, sale cat. (January 20–21, 1928), lot 43.

Wallace Nutting, Furniture Treasury, 1st ed., 3 vols. (Framingham, Mass.: Old American Company Publishers, 1928–33), n.p., no. 416.

Edgar G. Miller, American Antique Furniture: A Book for Amateurs, 2 vols. (Baltimore: Lord Baltimore Press, 1937), vol. 1, pp. 392–93, no. 695.

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), 224–25, no. 115, 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.