American Decorative Arts



White oak

28 11/16 x 50 9/16 x 24 5/16 in. (72.9 x 128.5 x 61.8 cm) other (Case): 48 3/8 x 22 in.(122.8 x 55.9 cm)
Mabel Brady Garvan Collection
17th century
Made in New Haven Colony, Connecticut
Possibly made in Guilford
By appointment

From the estate of William B. Goodwin (1866-1950), East Hartford, Conn.; Philip Flayderman, Boston, Mass.; acquired at auction in 1930 by Francis P. Garvan, New York, to 1930; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.


Benjamin Colman, “Thistles and Crowns: The Painted Chests of the Connecticut Shore,” Antiques (May/June 2014): 135, fig. 7.

“The Philip Flayderman Collection of Historic, Pedigreed, and Labeled American Furniture of the Pre-Revolutionary and Early Federal Periods to be Offered at Unrestriced Sale…,” Antiques 16 (December 1929): 453, ill.

Anderson Galleries and American Art Association, New York, Colonial Furniture, Silver, and Decorations: The Collection of the Late Philip Flayderman, sale cat. (January 2–4, 1930), 260, ill.

Connecticut Furniture: Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries, exh. cat. (Hartford, Conn.: Wadsworth Atheneum, 1967), 9, no. 12, ill.

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), 46–47, no. 19, ill.

Patricia E. Kane, “New Haven Colony Furniture: The Seventeenth Century Style,” Antiques 103 (May 1973): 954, 958, fig. 5.

Victor Chinnery, Oak Furniture: The British Tradition (Suffolk, England: Antique Collector’s Club Ltd., 1979), 445–46, fig. 4:57.

John T. Kirk, American Furniture and the British Tradition to 1830 (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1982), 167, fig. 417.

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), 4, 81, 84–85, 86, 87, 385, no. 21, 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.