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American Decorative Arts
Maker, possibly by: Joseph C. Clark

Desk and bookcase on frame


American black cherry; yellow poplar; eastern white pine

90 1/2 × 40 1/2 × 21 7/16 in. (229.9 × 102.9 × 54.5 cm)
other (Upper case): 34 3/4 × 11 7/8 in. (88.3 × 30.1 cm)
other (Lower case): 36 1/2 × 18 1/16 in. (92.7 × 45.9 cm)
framed (Frame): 38 1/4 × 19 3/16 in. (97.2 × 48.8 cm)
other (open):
Gift of C. Sanford Bull, B.A. 1893
Made in Glastonbury or Middletown, Connecticut
18th century

Acquired before 1928 by C. Sanford Bull (1871–1955), Middlebury, Conn.; by gift to Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn., 1949


Wallace Nutting, Furniture Treasury, 1st ed., 3 vols. (Framingham, Mass.: Old American Company Publishers, 1928–33), n.p., no. 709.

“Living with Antiques: The Connecticut Home of Mr. and Mrs. C. Sanford Bull,” Antiques 4, no. 45 (April 1944): 191, ill.

Connecticut Furniture: Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries, exh. cat. (Hartford, Conn.: Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, 1967), 75, no. 126, ill.

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), 9, 346–48, no. 179, ill.

Thomas Peter Kugelman et al., Connecticut Valley Furniture: Eliphalet Chapin and His Contemporaries, 1750-1800, ed. Susan Schoelwer (Hartford, Conn.: Connecticut Historical Society Museum, 2005), 332–33, no. 153, ill.

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