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American Decorative Arts

High chest of drawers

1750–1800

Yellow poplar

80 7/8 × 40 11/16 × 20 1/4 in. (205.5 × 103.3 × 51.5 cm) other (Without steps): 70 11/16 in.(179.5 cm) other (Upper case): 36 9/16 × 18 in.(92.9 × 45.7 cm) other (Lower case): 39 13/16 × 19 13/16 in.(101.1 × 50.3 cm)
Gift of C. Sanford Bull, B.A. 1893
1949.244
Geography: 
Made in Connecticut
Possibly made in Waterbury or Woodbury
Status: 
Not on view
Culture: 
American
Period: 
18th century
Classification: 
Furniture
Provenance: 

Found in Woodbury, CT, by C. Sanford Bull, Middlebury, CT, prior to 1928. Gift in 1949 to Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.

Bibliography: 

Wallace Nutting, Furniture Treasury, 1st ed., 3 vols. (Framingham, Mass.: Old American Company Publishers, 1928–33), no. 345.

“The Editor’s Attic,” Antiques 4, no. 31 (April 1937): 172–4.

“Living with Antiques: The Connecticut Home of Mr. and Mrs. C. Sanford Bull,” Antiques 4, no. 45 (April 1944): 190.

Edith Gaines, “The Step-Top Highboy,” Antiques 72, no. 4 (October 1957): 333, fig. 4.

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), 12–13, 235, 261–63, no. 137, 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.