Desk-on-Frame Maker: Unknown


American black cherry; eastern white pine; back of frame, secret compartment, other elements, butternut


38 1/2 × 38 7/16 × 20 11/16 in. (97.8 × 97.6 × 52.5 cm)
other (Upper case): 34 7/16 × 17 13/16 in. (87.4 × 45.2 cm)
other (Lower case): 36 3/8 × 18 11/16 in. (92.4 × 47.5 cm)
other (open): 30 1/2 in. (77.5 cm)

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Gift of C. Sanford Bull, B.A. 1893

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18th century


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 records is ongoing.



C. Sanford Bull, Middlebury, Conn.; gift to the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn., 1953

  • 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), 197–98, no. 91, 91A.
  • 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), 9, 289, 298–300, no. 155, ill.
  • Elaine Ulman, "I'm Perfectly Willing to Write Bold Statements, Be Wrong, and Be Corrected. . . The True Emphasis in My Work is Learning to See," Antiques World 10, no. 2 (October 1980): 64.
  • 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), 144–45, fig. 146.
  • Connecticut Furniture: Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries, exh. cat. (Hartford, Conn.: Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, 1967), 70, no. 117.

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