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American Decorative Arts

Chest-on-chest

probably 1802

American black cherry; eastern white pine

82 1/4 × 43 3/16 × 19 in. (208.9 × 109.7 × 48.2 cm)
other (Lower case): 17 7/8 × 41 in. (45.4 × 104.1 cm)
other (Upper case): 38 7/8 × 16 3/4 in. (98.7 × 42.5 cm)
Mabel Brady Garvan Collection
1930.2533
Geography: 
Probably made in Granby, Connecticut
Culture: 
American
Period: 
19th century
Classification: 
Furniture
Provenance: 

Mrs. Horace Clark (née Hannah Forward, 1785-1882), Granby, Conn., probably 1802; by descent in her family; sold to Francis P. Garvan, New York; by gift to Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn., 1930

Bibliography: 

Three Centuries of Connecticut Furniture, 1635–1935: An Exhibition at the Morgan Memorial, Hartford, as a Part of the Celebrations of the Tercentenary of Connecticut, exh. cat. (Hartford, Conn.: The Case, Lockwood & Brainard Company, 1935), 22, pl. 154, ill.

Robert Rantoul Endicott, “Cherry Was the Mahogany of New England,” American Collector 2, no. 5 (March 1936): 5, ill.

Connecticut Furniture: Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries, exh. cat. (Hartford, Conn.: Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, 1967), 62, no. 105.

John T. Kirk, Connecticut Furniture: Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries (Hartford, Conn.: Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, 1967), 62, no. 105.

John T. Kirk, Early American Furniture: How to Recognize, Evaluate, and Care for the Most Beautiful Pieces: High Style, Country, Primitive and Rustic (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1970), 98, 102, fig. 81.

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), 182–84, 298, 345, no. 86, ill.

Thomas Peter Kugelman et al., Connecticut Valley Furniture: Eliphalet Chapin and His Contemporaries, 1750-1800, ed. Susan Schoelwer (Hartford, Conn.: Connecticut Historical Society Museum, 2005), 348–49, no. 161, 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.