American Decorative Arts

Desk-on-Frame

1785–1805

Mahogany; eastern white pine; lopers, rear rail of frame, yellow poplar; small blocks in corners of drawers, transverse supports in frame, and additions to drawer bottoms, butternut; other repairs, yellow poplar

44 1/8 x 40 3/4 x 21 5/16 in. (112.1 x 103.5 x 54.1 cm) other (open): 32 5/16 in.(82.1 cm) other (Case): 36 5/16 x 18 1/16 in.(92.3 x 45.9 cm)
Gift of C. Sanford Bull, B.A. 1893
1951.56.1
Culture: 
American
Period: 
18th century
Classification: 
Furniture
Geography: 
Possibly made in Berlin or Middletown, Connecticut
Status: 
By appointment
Provenance: 

By descent to C. Sanford Bull (1871–1955), Middlebury, Conn., from an uncle, New Haven, Conn.; by gift to Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn., 1951

Bibliography: 

“A Fresh Chip Hewn from the Block,” Antiques 5, no. 21 (May 1932): 213, fig. 5.

Thomas H. Ormsbee, The Story of American Furniture (New York: MacMillan Company, 1934), 134–35, fig. 58.

Helen Comstock, “The C. Sanford Bull Collection of New England Furniture,” Antiques 70 (August 1956): 140, ill.

Connecticut Furniture: Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries, exh. cat. (Hartford, Conn.: Wadsworth Atheneum, 1967), 69, no. 116.

John T. Kirk, Early American Furniture: How to Recognize, Evaluate, and Care for the Most Beautiful Pieces: High Style, Country, Primitive and Rustic (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1970), 162–23, fig. 167.

Minor Meyers, Jr., “The Migration of a Style,” Art & Antiques 2 (March–April 1980): 86–87, ill.

The Great River: Art and Society in the Connecticut Valley, 1635–1820, exh. cat. (Hartford, Conn.: Wadsworth Atheneum, 1985), 227, no. 107, 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), 308–10, no. 161, ill.

Philip Zea, “Diversity and Regionalism in Rural New England Furniture,” American Furniture (1995): 105–6, fig. 48.

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), 92, no. 37, ill.

Joshua A. Klein, “An Unjustified Mystique: Period Dovetails Up-Close,” Mortise and Tenon Magazine (2016): 118, 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.