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American Decorative Arts
Maker, attributed to: Whitfield Dunlap, American

High chest of drawers

ca. 1780 and ca. 1920

Maple, eastern white pine

82 × 40 7/8 × 20 3/8 in. (208.3 × 103.9 × 51.8 cm)
Mabel Brady Garvan Collection
Made in New Hampshire
Not on view
18th–20th century

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


Parke-Bernet Galleries, Inc., New York, Notable American and English Furniture and Decorations, sale cat. (March 13–15 1947), 148–49, ill.

Meyric R. Rogers, “The Mabel Brady Garvan Collection of Furniture,” Yale Alumni Magazine 25, no. 4 (January 1962): 11, ill.

Louis B. Wright, The Arts in America: The Colonial Period (New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1966).

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. 25.

Nancy A. Smith, Old Furniture: Understanding the Craftsman’s Art (Boston: Little, Brown, and Company, Inc., 1975), 154–55, fig. 193–94.

Harold Sack, “Authenticating American Eighteenth-Century Furniture,” Antiques 127, no. 5 (May 1985): 1121, pl. I.

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), 187, 463–64, app. no. 18, 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.