American Decorative Arts

Desk

1755–95

American black cherry; eastern white pine

47 5/8 x 44 7/8 x 26 in. (120.9 x 114 x 66.1 cm) other (open): 42 1/2 in.(108 cm) other (Case): 42 3/16 x 24 1/16 in.(107.2 x 61.1 cm)
Mabel Brady Garvan Collection
1930.2277
Culture: 
American
Period: 
18th century
Classification: 
Furniture
Geography: 
Made in Connecticut
Probably made in Norwich area
Status: 
By appointment
Provenance: 

Said to have been owned by the Carpenter family of Swansea, NH; by sale to Israel Sack, Inc., New York; by sale in 1929 to Francis P. Garvan, New York. Gift in 1930 to Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.

Bibliography: 

Charles Messer Stow, “The Theme of Luxury in the Garvan Collection,” Antiquarian 3, no. 15 (September 1930): 36–37, ill.

Walter A. Dyer, “The American Scrutoire-Desk: Chippendale-Empire,” Fine Arts 18, no. 6 (May 1932): 28, ill.

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), 26, no. 216, ill.

R. W. Symonds and Thomas H. Ormsbee, Antique Furniture of the Walnut Period (New York: Robert M. McBride & Company, 1947), 70.

John T. Kirk, Connecticut Furniture: Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries (Hartford, Conn.: Wadsworth Atheneum, 1967), no. 118, included in catalogue but not in exhibition.

Brock Jobe and Myrna Kaye, New England Furniture: The Colonial Era (Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1984), 37–38, fig. 1–45, 1–45a.

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), 10, 289, 306–8, no. 160, ill.

Laura Beach, “Auction Action in Elgin, Ill.,” Antiques and the Arts Weekly (October 20, 1989): 49, ill.

Joshua A. Klein, “An Unjustified Mystique: Period Dovetails Up-Close,” Mortise and Tenon Magazine (2016): 116, 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.