American Decorative Arts

Bible Box


Pine and maple

9 3/4 x 27 x 18 in. (24.8 x 68.6 x 45.7 cm)
Gift of C. Sanford Bull, B.A. 1893
17th century
Made in Massachusetts, in the style of Essex County
By appointment

Gift in 1950 to Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.


Irving P. Lyon, “The Oak Furniture of Ipswich, Massachusetts, Part III,” Antiques 33, no. 2 (February 1938): 74–75, fig. 21.

“Living With Antiques: The Connecticut Home of Mr. and Mrs. C. Sanford Bull,” Antiques 45 (April 1944): 191, ill.

Helen Park, “Thomas Dennis, Ipswich Joiner: A Re-Examination,” Antiques 78, no. 1 (July 1960): 42–43, fig. 7.

Douglass Scott, Joan Ketter, and Michael Boodro, The American Clock, 1725–1865, Forgeries and Restorations in American Furniture: Two Yale Student Exhibitions, May 18–June 28, 1974, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Garvan Furniture Study, May 18–June 28, 1974), n.p., no. 15.

John T. Kirk, American Furniture and the British Tradition to 1830 (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1982), 165, fig. 407.

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), 456, app. no. 2, 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.