American Decorative Arts

High Chest of Drawers

1770–90, possibly 1786

American black cherry; eastern white pine; back of second wide drawer from bottom in upper case, southern yellow pine, possibly pitch pine

82 × 39 3/4 × 20 9/16 in. (208.3 × 101 × 52.3 cm)
other (Upper case): 35 1/2 × 17 1/8 in. (90.2 × 43.5 cm)
other (Lower case): 37 3/8 × 18 1/2 in. (94.9 × 47 cm)
Mabel Brady Garvan Collection
Probably made in Glastonbury, Connecticut, North America
18th century

Mary Hollister Stratton (1764–1840) and Samuel Stratton (1728-1810), South Glastonbury, Conn.; by descent to their daughter Mrs. Ezra Dayton (née Mary Stratton, 1787–1892), South Glastonbury, Conn.; sold in 1887 to Irving W. Lyon (1840–1896), Hartford, Conn.; to his descendents; sold to Francis P. Garvan, New York; by gift to Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn., 1930


Thomas Peter Kugelman et al., Connecticut Valley Furniture: Eliphalet Chapin and His Contemporaries, 1750-1800, ed. Susan Schoelwer (Hartford, Conn.: Connecticut Historical Society Museum, 2005), 321, no. 146, 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), 275–76, no. 144, ill.

Handbook of the Collections, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1992), 89, ill.

John T. Kirk, Early American Furniture: How to Recognize, Evaluate, and Care for the Most Beautiful Pieces: High Style, Country, Primitive and Rustic (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1970), fig. 15.

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