American Decorative Arts

Chest of drawers

1670–1710

Stiles, side tails, bottom rear rail, sides of bottom two drawers, drawer dividers, drawer runners, top, red oak and white oak; side panels, drawer fronts, sides of top two drawers, drawer dividers, drawer runners, top, red oak and white oak; side panels, drawer fronts, sides of top two drawers, chestnut; bottom, drawer bottoms, eastern white pine; back panels, red or Scotch pine; top and middle back rails, soft maple; turned feet, beech; applied strips on drawer fronts and stiles, walnut; applied moldings, cedar, either Atlantic white cedar or nothern white cedar; replaced half-round moldings on drawer dividers, yellow poplar

36 5/8 x 38 3/4 x 20 1/4 in. (93 x 98.4 x 51.4 cm) other (Case): 37 1/2 x 19 7/8 in.(95.3 x 50.5 cm)
Mabel Brady Garvan Collection
1930.2391
Culture: 
American
Period: 
17th–18th century
Classification: 
Furniture
Geography: 
Made in Massachusetts, Eastern
Status: 
By appointment
Provenance: 

A small piece of ruled paper glued to the outside of the back bears the inscription in ink, "Given to / Clara M. Griffin / in 1905." The identity of Clara M. Griffin has not been discovered. Henry V. Weil, New York NY; by sale to Francis P. Garvan, New York, to 1930; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.

Bibliography: 

Walter A. Dyer, “The American Bureau: Primitive to Chippendale,” Fine Arts 2, no. 18 (January 1932): 39, 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), 123, 132–33, no. 54, ill.

Joshua A. Klein, “An Unjustified Mystique: Period Dovetails Up-Close,” Mortise and Tenon Magazine (2016): 111, 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.