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American Decorative Arts

High chest of drawers


American black cherry; legs, feet, soft maple; drawer linings, other elements, yellow poplar; corner posts, blocks above two center legs, red oak and white oak; drawer runners in upper case, chestnut

56 7/8 × 41 13/16 × 23 3/16 in. (144.5 × 106.2 × 58.9 cm)
other (Upper case): 36 × 20 1/16 in. (91.4 × 51 cm)
other (Lower case): 41 3/8 × 22 13/16 in. (105.1 × 57.9 cm)
Mabel Brady Garvan Collection
Made in Connecticut
18th century

Acquired at auction in 1929 by Francis P. Garvan, New York. Gift in 1930 to Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.


Anderson Galleries, New York, American and English Furniture and Decorations from Various Private Collections and Other Sources, sale cat. (November 19–21, 1929).

Connecticut Furniture: Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries, exh. cat. (Hartford, Conn.: Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, 1967), 44, no. 73, [included in catalogue but not in exhibition], 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), 246–47, no. 127, ill.

Joshua A. Klein, “An Unjustified Mystique: Period Dovetails Up-Close,” Mortise and Tenon Magazine (2016): 113, 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.