High chest of drawers Maker: Unknown


Soft maple, including backboard of lower case; drawer fronts, moldings, soft maple with tiger-maple grain; eastern white pine


78 1/8 × 42 3/16 × 20 3/16 in. (198.5 × 107.2 × 51.3 cm)
other (Upper case): 38 1/16 × 18 in. (96.7 × 45.7 cm)
other (Lower case): 40 1/16 × 19 3/8 in. (101.7 × 49.2 cm)

Credit Line

Mabel Brady Garvan and C. Sanford Bull, B.A. 1893, Collections, by exchange

Accession Number



18th century


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Found in Rowley, Mass.; acquired by exchange from Israel Sack, Inc., New York. By exchange in 1966 to Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.
  • John T. Kirk, "Our Evolving Understanding of Untouched Furniture Surfaces," Antiques 158, no. 4 (October 2000), 537, 539, pl. V
  • 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), 43, 108, 235, 257–59, no. 134, pl. 13
  • John T. Kirk, American Furniture and the British Tradition to 1830 (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1982), 148–49, fig. 383, 384
  • 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), 86, 89, fig. 76
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high chests of drawers


There are columns of figures on the outside of the left side of the upper left drawer in the upper case in white chalk. Some compass scribe lines appear on the outside of the right side of the same drawer. "L 49 66 / C 15" appears in white chalk on the outside of the back of the middle drawer in the lower case.

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