American Decorative Arts
Maker, possibly by: Nathaniel Stone, 1649–1709



Frame, red oak and white oak; drawer bottoms, bosses, spindles, light applied moldings, Atlantic white cedar; strip nailed to inside of back below bottom drawer, yellow poplar

57 1/2 x 51 5/16 x 23 7/8 in. (146.1 x 130.4 x 60.7 cm) Lower case: 47 9/16 x 22 in. (120.8 x 55.9 cm) Upper case: 22 x 47 3/4 in. (55.9 x 121.3 cm)
Bequest of Charles Wyllys Betts, B.A. 1867
17th century
Made in Guilford, Connecticut
By appointment

Found in Durham, Conn., in the early 1880s by collector Charles Wyllys Betts, New York; bequest in 1887 to Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.


Irving W. Lyon, The Colonial Furniture of New England: A Study of the Domestic Furniture in Use in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries (Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1891), 59, facing p.58, fig. 20.

Wallace Nutting, Furniture of the Pilgrim Century 1620–1720 (Framingham, Mass.: Old American Company Publishers, 1924), 210, 236, fig. 219.

Wallace Nutting, Furniture Treasury, 1st ed., 3 vols. (Framingham, Mass.: Old American Company Publishers, 1928–33), n.p., no. 454.

Connecticut Furniture: Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries, exh. cat. (Hartford, Conn.: Wadsworth Atheneum, 1967), 64, no. 107, 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), 146, 181–82, fig. 148, 182.

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), 32–33, no. 12.

Patricia E. Kane, “New Haven Colony Furniture: The Seventeenth Century Style,” Antiques 103 (May 1973): 953–54, pl. 1.

John T. Kirk, American Furniture and the British Tradition to 1830 (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1982), 90–91, fig. 219.

Robert F. Trent, “The Chest of Drawers in America: A Postscript,” Winterthur Portfolio 20 (Spring 1985): 37–39, fig. 12.

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), 375, 383–85, 386, no. 197, ill.

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