American Decorative Arts

Card table

1810–20

Eastern white pine (front supports, drapery; frame rails, top), soft maple (rear supports), mahogany (plinth corners), ash (legs; central medial brace), ebony (molding along lower edge of frame), rosewood veneer; black cherry (left and right medial braces, compartment bottom), yellow-poplar (plinth block)

32 1/2 x 36 x 18 1/8 in. (82.5 x 91.5 x 46 cm)
Mabel Brady Garvan Collection, by exchange
1966.127
Culture: 
American
Period: 
19th century
Classification: 
Furniture
Geography: 
Made in New York, New York
Status: 
By appointment
Provenance: 

According to tradition, this table and a cellarette (Ward 1988, no. 229) were made for Stephen Ball Munn (1766-1855), who moved to New York in 1791 and became wealthy as a dry goods merchant and speculator in western land. In September 1814 Munn moved from rooms above his store at 226 Pearl Street into a newly constructed house at 483 (later renumbered 503) Broadway between Broome and Spring Streets; it is possible that this table and the cellarette were purchased for his new residence (Cornell 1941, pp. 7-11). (A somewhat different and less accurate account of Munn's life is given in Barrett 1889, II, pp. 20-21, which states that Munn moved to Broadway in 1813 and into the new house at 503 Broadway in 1823. Barrett also incorrectly gives 1856 as the year of Munn's death; he died on September 11, 1855.) The two pieces of furniture descended in Munn's family until they were acquired by the dealer Paul Cooley of Hartford, who sold them in 1962 to Israel Sack, Inc. The Art Gallery acquired both pieces from Israel Sack, Inc., in 1966. Gift in 1966 to Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.

Bibliography: 

American Antiques from Israel Sack Collection, 10 vols. (Washington, D.C.: Highland House Publishers, 1957–1989), vol. 1, p. 212, no. 543, ill.

Joseph Aronson, The Encyclopedia of Furniture, 3rd ed. (New York: Clarkson Potter Publishers, 1965), 435, fig. 1273.

David L. Barquist, Elisabeth Donaghy Garrett, and Gerald W. R. Ward, American Tables and Looking Glasses in the Mabel Brady Garvan and Other Collections at Yale University (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1992), 227–30, no. 120, ill.

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 such records is ongoing.