Furniture Study

The American Decorative Arts Furniture Study is a working library of more than 1,100 examples of furniture and wooden objects—made in America for the American market—ranging in date from the 17th to the 21st century.

Bible Box
Blossfeldt Vase
Tall Case Clock

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 will close in early June 2018 to prepare for the yearlong move to the Collection Studies Center at Yale West Campus. 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 are given on Fridays at 12:30 pm and will continue through June 8, 2018. Visitors are asked to assemble in the lobby of the Gallery.

Find an Upcoming Tour

The Furniture Study is also open by appointment to individuals and groups of fewer than 15 people from Monday to Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Special viewing arrangements for Yale students and faculty are available. To schedule a visit, contact the Department of American Decorative Arts at 203.432.0632 or

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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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