American Decorative Arts

High Chest of Drawers


Yellow poplar; some drawer bottoms and one board used for top of lower case, southern yellow pine; legs, feet, probably soft maple; second front foot from the left, beech

62 1/16 x 39 5/16 x 22 in. (157.7 x 99.8 x 55.9 cm) other (Upper case): 35 1/2 x 19 5/8 in.(90.2 x 49.9 cm) other (Lower case): 37 5/16 x 21 in.(94.8 x 53.4 cm)
Mabel Brady Garvan Collection
18th century
Probably made in Connecticut
By appointment

Irving W. Lyon (1840–1896), Hartford, Conn.; by descent to his daughter Mrs. John P. Penney (Mamie P. Lyon), Pittsburgh; by sale in 1929 to Francis P. Garvan, New York; by gift to Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn., 1930


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), fig. 192.

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), 241–42, no. 124, ill.

Joshua A. Klein, “An Unjustified Mystique: Period Dovetails Up-Close,” Mortise and Tenon Magazine (2016): 113, 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.