American Decorative Arts

Side Chair


Mahogany, white oak, white pine, beech, eastern white pine

41 13/16 × 18 1/8 × 19 1/2 in. (106.2 × 46 × 49.5 cm) other (Seat): 17 × 22 5/16 in.(43.2 × 56.7 cm)
Mabel Brady Garvan Collection
This side chair is one of a set of six. The splats are pierced forming a cypher, an interlocking monogram of the initials “RML,” for the original owners, Robert and Margaret Livingston. Similar mirror-image monograms can be found engraved on silver made at this time. With its wide horseshoe-shaped seat and large claw-and-ball feet, this chair is a superb example of mid-eighteenth century New York furniture.
18th century
Made in New York, New York
On view*

Robert R. and Margaret B. Livingston, New York, N.Y.; Roger Bacon, Exeter, N.H.; John S. Walton, New York, N.Y.; The Mabel Brady Garvan Collection


Meyric R. Rogers, “Garvan Furniture at Yale,” Connoisseur Year Book, 1960 (1960): 55, fig. 4.

John T. Kirk, American Chairs: Queen Anne and Chippendale (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1972), 112, fig. 127.

Patricia E. Kane, 300 Years of American Seating Furniture Chairs and Beds from the Mabel Brady Garvan and Other Collections at Yale University (Boston: New York Graphic Society, 1976), 81-82, no. 61, ill.

Handbook of the Collections, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1992), 88, ill.

Helen A. Cooper et al., Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness: American Art from the Yale University Art Gallery, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2008), 193–94, no. 101, 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.