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American Decorative Arts
Decorator: Abigail Porter, died 1798

Side chair


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)
Mabel Brady Garvan Collection
Made in Wethersfield, Connecticut
18th century

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.


Luke Vincent Lockwood, Colonial Furniture in America, 3rd ed., 2 vols. (New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1926), vol 2, p. 58, fig. 495. .

Wallace Nutting, Furniture Treasury, 1st ed., 3 vols. (Framingham, Mass.: Old American Company Publishers, 1928–33), n.p., fig. 2126.

American Antiques from Israel Sack Collection, 10 vols. (Washington, D.C.: Highland House Publishers, 1957–1989), vol. 1, p. 62, no. 198, ill.

Richard H Randall, Jr., American Furniture in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (Boston: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1965), 173–75, fig. 136.

John T. Kirk, “The Distinctive Character of Connecticut Furniture,” Antiques 92 (October 1967): 527, fig. 6.

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, American Chairs: Queen Anne and Chippendale (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1972), 142, fig. 186.

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.

“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.

Handbook of the Collections, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1992), 89, 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), 54, 57, no. 19c, ill.

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