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American Decorative Arts

Desk-on-Frame

1780–1795

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)
Gift of C. Sanford Bull, B.A. 1893
1953.50.1
Geography: 
Made in Hartford, Connecticut
Culture: 
American
Period: 
18th century
Classification: 
Furniture
Provenance: 

C. Sanford Bull, Middlebury, CT. Gift in 1953 to Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.

Bibliography: 

Connecticut Furniture: Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries, exh. cat. (Hartford, Conn.: Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, 1967), 70, no. 117.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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