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American Decorative Arts

Side chair


American black walnut; front corner blocks, Atlantic white cedar; rear corner blocks, yellow poplar; slip seat frame, pine of the taeda group

37 9/16 × 16 × 17 7/8 in. (95.4 × 40.6 × 45.4 cm)
seat: 17 × 19 5/8 in. (43.2 × 49.9 cm)
Mabel Brady Garvan Collection
Middle Atlantic Colonies
18th century

Alexander M. Hudnut, New York, N.Y., and Princeton, N.J.; Francis P. Garvan, New York, N.Y. (1927); The Mabel Brady Garvan Collection.


American Art Association, New York, Duncan Phyfe and Other Fine Early American Furniture and Decorations: The Private Collection of Alexander M. Hudnut, Removed from His Country Residence at Princeton, New Jersey, sale cat. (November 19, 1927), 56.

Wallace Nutting, Furniture Treasury, 1st ed., 3 vols. (Framingham, Mass.: Old American Company Publishers, 1928–33), n.p., fig. 2233.

Edward Wenham, The Collector’s Guide to Furniture Design (New York: Collector’s Press Lithography Workshop, 1928), 21, fig. 49.

Edgar G. Miller, American Antique Furniture: A Book for Amateurs, 2 vols. (Baltimore: Lord Baltimore Press, 1937), vol. 1, pp. 158–59, no. 138.

Patricia E. Kane, 300 Years of American Seating Furniture Chairs and Beds from the Mabel Brady Garvan and Other Collections at Yale University (Boston: New York Graphic Society, 1976), 120-121, no. 101, 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.