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American Decorative Arts

Chest of Drawers

1760–90

Mahogany; eastern white pine; some glue blocks, yellow poplar

32 5/16 × 36 3/16 × 21 5/16 in. (82.1 × 91.9 × 54.2 cm)
other (Case): 33 1/16 × 18 9/16 in. (83.9 × 47.2 cm)
Mabel Brady Garvan Collection
1952.50.4
Geography: 
Made in New England
Probably made in Massachusetts
Status: 
Not on view
Culture: 
American
Period: 
18th century
Classification: 
Furniture
Provenance: 

Owned by Mrs. Laura M. Wolcott Rankin, Litchfield, Conn., and may have descended in her family through her parents, Frederick and Betsy (Huntington) Wolcott of Litchfield, and her maternal grandfather, Col. Joshua Huntington of Norwich. The chest descended to Mrs. Rankin's daughter, Cornelia W. Rankin, who sold it to dealer Harry Arons, Ansonia, Conn., on May 4, 1923. Arons, in turn, sold the chest to C. Sanford Bull, Middlebury, Conn., prior to 1928. Gift 1952 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), n.p., no. 265.

Helen Comstock, “The C. Sanford Bull Collection of New England Furniture,” Antiques 70 (August 1956): 140, 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), 123, 139–40, no. 60, ill.

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