American Decorative Arts
Maker: Theodosius Parsons, American

Tea table

1787–93

Black cherry

27 3/8 in. (69.6 cm) other (Top up): 47 1/4 in.(120 cm) other (Top): 36 1/4 in.(92 cm)
Mabel Brady Garvan Collection
1930.2458
Culture: 
American
Period: 
18th century
Classification: 
Furniture
Geography: 
Made in Windham, Connecticut, North America
Status: 
By appointment
Provenance: 

Garvan purchased this table from Frank MacCarthy on January 17, 1930. Gift in 1930 to Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.

Bibliography: 

Charles Nagel, Jr., “Room from the Joel Clark House, East Granby, Connecticut, 1737,” Bulletin of the Associates in Fine Arts at Yale University 4, no. 3 (October 1932): 139.

Connecticut Furniture: Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries, exh. cat. (Hartford, Conn.: Wadsworth Atheneum, 1967), 96, no. 166, ill.

The Devotion Family: The Lives and Possessions of Three Generations in Eighteenth-Century Connecticut (New London, Conn.: Lyman Allyn Art Museum, 1991), 21, 54, fig. 8.

David L. Barquist, Elisabeth Donaghy Garrett, and Gerald W. R. Ward, American Tables and Looking Glasses in the Mabel Brady Garvan and Other Collections at Yale University (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1992), 74, 233–35, no. 123, ill.

Sarah Neale Fayen, “Tilt-Top Tables and Eighteenth-Century Consumerism,” American Furniture (2003): 115, 117, fig. 29, 31.

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.