American Decorative Arts

Chest-on-chest

1770–1800

American black walnut; top and bottom of cases, other interior elements, southern yellow pine; drawer linings, other secondary elements, yellow poplar

92 3/8 x 45 3/16 x 22 7/8 in. (234.6 x 114.7 x 58.1 cm) other (Upper case): 40 13/16 x 20 11/16 in.(103.7 x 52.5 cm) other (Lower case): 42 13/16 x 21 1/2 in.(108.7 x 54.6 cm)
Mabel Brady Garvan Collection
1950.698
Culture: 
American
Period: 
18th century
Classification: 
Furniture
Geography: 
Made in Pennsylvania
Status: 
By appointment
Provenance: 

Jacob Margolis, New York; acquired at auction in 1927 by Francis P. Garvan, New York; by descent in 1937 to Mabel Brady Garvan, New York Gift in 1950 to Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.

Bibliography: 

“Antiquarian,” Antiquarian 7, no. 5 (December 1926): 24.

American Art Association, New York, The Jacob Margolis Early American Collection, sale cat. (March 17–19, 1927).

Edward Wenham, The Collector’s Guide to Furniture Design (New York: Collectors Press, 1928), 74, fig. 204.

Edgar G. Miller, American Antique Furniture: A Book for Amateurs, 2 vols. (Baltimore: Lord Baltimore Press, 1937), vol. 1, pp. 353, 355–56, no. 621.

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), 163, 191–92, no. 91, 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.