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American Decorative Arts

Pair of Library Bookcases

1830–50

Eastern white pine; yellow poplar

113 3/16 × 66 5/8 × 18 3/8 in. (287.5 × 169.2 × 46.7 cm) other (Case): 64 13/16 × 16 15/16 in.(164.6 × 43.1 cm)
Yale Medical School Library Transfer
1972.79.1-.2
Geography: 
Made in United States
Possibly made in Baltimore, Maryland
Status: 
By appointment
Culture: 
American
Period: 
19th century
Classification: 
Furniture
Provenance: 

What he called "ecclesiastical bookcases" were acquired by Dr. Harvey Cushing (1869-1939) in the early twentieth century from a Madame Carroll of Baltimore, MD. Cushing, later of Boston, MA, gave them to the Historical Library of the Yale Medical School, and they were transferred to the Art Gallery in 1972.

Bibliography: 

Dr. John Farquhar Fulton, Harvey Cushing: A Biography (Springfield, Ill.: Charles C. Thomas, 1946), facing p. 244.

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), 327, 372–73, no. 192, 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.