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American Decorative Arts
Maker, possibly by: John Rockwell, American, born England, 1588–1662
Maker, possibly by: John Rockwell, 1627–1673



Stiles, rails, panels, bottom boards, white oak; top, eastern white pine; replaced till, yellow poplar

27 × 47 3/4 × 19 5/8 in. (68.6 × 121.3 × 49.8 cm)
Mabel Brady Garvan Collection
Made in Windsor, Connecticut
On view
17th century

This chest was "Bought, about 1880, in Windsor, Conn., from Havens family," by Irving Whitall Lyon (1840-1896), Hartford, Conn. It passed by descent to his son Irving Phillips Lyon; probably by sale to C. Sanford Bull, Middlebury, Conn., who was the owner listed by Nutting in 1928; probably by sale to Charles Woolsey Lyon (Irving W.'s son and Irving P.'s brother), New York; by sale in 1929 to Francis P. Garvan, New York, to 1930; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.


Irving W. Lyon, The Colonial Furniture of New England: A Study of the Domestic Furniture in Use in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries (Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1891), facing p. 2, fig. 1.

Henry W. Kent and Florence N. Levy, The Hudson-Fulton Celebration: Catalogue of an Exhibition Held in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2, exh. cat. (New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1909), 49, no. 67.

Wallace Nutting, Furniture Treasury, 1st ed., 3 vols. (Framingham, Mass.: Old American Company Publishers, 1928–33), fig. 1.

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), 14, no. 1.

Russell Hawes Kettell, Early American Rooms (Portland, Maine: Southworth-Anthoensen Press, 1936), facing p. 57, ill.

Charles Nagel, Jr., American Furniture: 1650–1850 (New York: Chanticleer Press, 1949), 18, pl. 3a.

Connecticut Furniture: Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries, exh. cat. (Hartford, Conn.: Wadsworth Atheneum, 1967), 7, no. 9, ill.

Patricia E. Kane, “The Joiners of Seventeenth-Century Hartford County,” Connecticut Historical Society Bulletin 35 (July 1970): 78, fig. 9.

Patricia E. Kane, Furniture of the New Haven Colony: The Seventeenth Century Style, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: New Haven Museum and Historical Society, 1973), 18–19, no. 5.

Patricia E. Kane, “New Haven Colony Furniture: The Seventeenth Century Style,” Antiques 103 (May 1973): 951–52, fig. 3.

Victor Chinnery, Oak Furniture: The British Tradition (Suffolk, England: Antique Collector’s Club Ltd., 1979), 502, fig. 4:193.

Elizabeth Stillinger, The Antiquers: The Lives and Careers, the Deals, the Funds, the Collections of the Men and Women Who Were Responsible for the Changing Taste in American Antiques (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1980), 73, ill.

Milo M. Naeve, Identifying American Furniture (Nashville, Tenn.: American Association for State and Local History, 1981), 15, fig. 10.

John T. Kirk, American Furniture and the British Tradition to 1830 (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1982), 168, fig. 423.

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, 83–84, no. 20.

Joshua W. Lane and Donald P. White III, “Fashioning Furniture and Framing Community: Woodworkers and the Rise of a Connecticut River Valley Town,” American Furniture (2005): 175, fig. 34.

Patricia Kirkham and Susan Weber, eds., History of Design: Decorative Arts and Material Culture, 1400–2000 (New Haven: Bard Graduate Center, 2013), 294–295, fig. 12.31.

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.