Side chair Decorator: Abigail Porter (died 1798)
Maker: Unknown


Cherry; slip seat frame, soft maple and pine of the taeda group


40 11/16 × 15 1/4 × 17 7/16 in. (103.3 × 38.7 × 44.3 cm)
seat: 17 1/16 × 19 7/8 in. (43.3 × 50.5 cm)

Credit Line

Mabel Brady Garvan Collection

Accession Number



18th century


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Abigail Porter (died 1798), Wethersfield, and later New Haven, Conn. Mrs. Gertrude H. Camp (born 1882), Whitemarsh, Pa. Israel Sack, Inc., New York; sold to Charles L. Bybee (1900–1972), Houston; sold to Israel Sack, Inc., New York; sold to Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.

  • 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), 54, 57, no. 19c, ill.
  • Handbook of the Collections, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1992), 89, ill.
  • "New London County Joined Chairs, 1720–1790," Connecticut Historical Society Bulletin 50, no. 4 (Fall 1985): 43–45, fig. 5.
  • The Great River: Art and Society in the Connecticut Valley, 1635–1820, exh. cat. (Hartford, Conn.: Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, 1985), 235, no. 117, ill.
  • 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), 78-81, no. 58, fig. Pl. 5.
  • John T. Kirk, American Chairs: Queen Anne and Chippendale (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1972), 142, fig. 186.
  • 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), fig. 108.
  • John T. Kirk, "The Distinctive Character of Connecticut Furniture," Antiques 92 (October 1967): 527, fig. 6.
  • Richard H Randall, Jr., American Furniture in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (Boston: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1965), 173–75, fig. 136.
  • American Antiques from Israel Sack Collection, 10 vols. (Washington, D.C.: Highland House Publishers, 1957–89), vol. 1, p. 62, no. 198, ill.
  • Wallace Nutting, Furniture Treasury, 1st ed., 3 vols. (Framingham, Mass.: Old American Company Publishers, 1928–33), n.p., fig. 2126.
  • Luke Vincent Lockwood, Colonial Furniture in America, 3rd ed., 2 vols. (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1926), vol 2, p. 58, fig. 495.

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