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Furniture Study

The American Decorative Arts Furniture Study is now closed but will reopen in its new home in the Collection Studies Center at Yale West Campus in June 2019.
Tall Case Clock
High chest of drawers
LC-52-A Lounge Chair
Card table

About the Furniture Study

The Furniture Study is a working library of more than 1,100 examples of furniture and wooden objects ranging in date from the 17th to the 21st century. The collection is particularly strong in colonial and Federal furniture, mostly from the Mabel Brady Garvan Collection. After almost 60 years in downtown New Haven, the Furniture Study is now closed but will reopen in its new home in the Collection Studies Center at Yale West Campus in June 2019. The new American Furniture Study Center, generously funded by Leslie P. and George H. Hume, B.A. 1969, will be more spacious, will have movable pallets for heavier items, and will incorporate didactic displays of furniture-making techniques and historic woodworking tools. It will also be the home of the Sack Family Archive, an incomparable collection of comparative material for the study of American furniture from the business records of Israel Sack, Inc., funded by a gift from Anne T. and Robert M. Bass, B.A. 1971. Development of the didactic displays is supported in part by a Dean F. Failey Grant from the Decorative Arts Trust.

Visit the Furniture Study

Free guided tours of the Furniture Study and appointments for individual visits and groups of fewer than 15 people will resume after the move to the Collection Studies Center at Yale West Campus is completed in September 2019.

For inquiries, contact the Department of American Decorative Arts at

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Related Media

In this video, John Stuart Gordon, the Benjamin Attmore Hewitt Associate Curator of American Decorative Arts, gives a brief introduction to the Furniture Study and introduces several of his favorite objects—a colonial chest from Connecticut, an 18th-century Newport high chest, an 18th-century tall case clock, and a Jazz Age desk and bookcase.

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