SPECIAL ADVISORY: In accordance with Yale University’s revised COVID-19 protocols, the Yale University Art Gallery will close to the public beginning Friday, October 16, 2020. Learn More

American Decorative Arts

Fan-back Windsor side chair


Soft maple

34 × 15 1/16 × 18 1/2 in. (86.4 × 38.3 × 47 cm)
seat: 17 5/8 in. (44.8 cm)
Mabel Brady Garvan Collection
Made in Southwestern, Rhode Island, North America
On view
18th–19th century

Charles W. Lyon, New York, N.Y.; Francis P. Garvan, New York, N.Y.; The Mabel Brady Garvan Collection.


Loan Exhibition of Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth-Century Furniture and Glass, exh. cat. (New York: American Art Galleries, 1929), n.p., no. 527, ill.

Edgar G. Miller, American Antique Furniture: A Book for Amateurs, 2 vols. (Baltimore: Lord Baltimore Press, 1937), vol. 1, pp. 264–65, no. 456.

Patricia E. Kane, 300 Years of American Seating Furniture Chairs and Beds from the Mabel Brady Garvan and Other Collections at Yale University (Boston: New York Graphic Society, 1976), 203-4, no. 184, ill.

Wendy A. Cooper, In Praise of America: American Decorative Arts, 1650–1830, Fifty Years of Discovery since the 1929 Girl Scouts Loan Exhibition (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1980), 219, 222–223, fig. 254.

Handbook of the Collections, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1992), 95, ill.

Nancy Goyne Evans, American Windsor Chairs (New York: Hudson Hills Press, 1996), 311, fig. 6–133.

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.