Desk Maker: Unknown


American black cherry; eastern white pine


47 5/8 × 44 7/8 × 26 in. (120.9 × 114 × 66.1 cm)
other (open): 42 1/2 in. (108 cm)
other (Case): 42 3/16 × 24 1/16 in. (107.2 × 61.1 cm)

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Mabel Brady Garvan Collection

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18th century


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 records is ongoing.



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.
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  • Laura Beach, "Auction Action in Elgin, Ill.," Antiques and the Arts Weekly (October 20, 1989): 49, ill.
  • 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.
  • Brock Jobe and Myrna Kaye, New England Furniture: The Colonial Era (Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1984), 37–38, fig. 1–45, 1–45a.
  • John T. Kirk, Connecticut Furniture: Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries (Hartford, Conn.: Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, 1967), no. 118, included in catalogue but not in exhibition.
  • R. W. Symonds and Thomas H. Ormsbee, Antique Furniture of the Walnut Period (New York: Robert M. McBride & Company, 1947), 70.
  • 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.
  • Walter A. Dyer, "The American Scrutoire-Desk: Chippendale-Empire," Fine Arts 18, no. 6 (May 1932): 28, ill.
  • Charles Messer Stow, "The Theme of Luxury in the Garvan Collection," Antiquarian 3, no. 15 (September 1930): 36–37, ill.
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