American Decorative Arts

Chest

1675–1700

Top, rails, stiles, front and side panels, white oak; bottom boards, back panel, chestnut

28 9/16 x 50 1/2 x 21 15/16 in. (72.5 x 128.2 x 55.7 cm) Case: 21 7/16 x 47 3/8 in. (54.4 x 120.4 cm)
Bequest of Charles Wyllys Betts, B.A. 1867
1887.5
Culture: 
American
Period: 
17th century
Classification: 
Furniture
Geography: 
Manufactured in Guilford, Connecticut
Status: 
By appointment
Provenance: 

Bequeathed to the university in 1887 by Charles Wyllys Betts (1845-1887), New York. An entry in a notebook kept by early furniture historian Irving Lyon refers to this chest and states that Betts "Obtained it from the home of Cornelia Eliot, of Guilford, a descendant of Reverend Joseph Eliot (Mrs. Eva B. Leete, of Guilford)." No estate inventory for the Reverend Joseph Eliot has survived. Gift 1887 to Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.

Bibliography: 

Patricia E. Kane, Furniture of the New Haven Colony: The Seventeenth Century Style, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: New Haven Museum and Historical Society, 1973), 48–49, no. 20, 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), 81, 85–87, no. 22, 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.