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Maker Unknown
Maker formerly attributed Thomas Howard, Jr., 1774–1833
Alternate spelling(s): Thomas Howard


246.127 x 319.279 x 138.176 cm (96 7/8 x 125 11/16 x 54 3/8 in.)



Current location

Yale University Art Gallery


Probably made in Providence, Rhode Island
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Mahogany (primary); mahogany veneer on eastern white pine (top and drawer fronts); mahogany veneer on American black cherry (doors); mahogany (legs, sides); eastern white pine (back, drawer linings, other elements)




Israel Sack, New York; sold to Francis P. Garvan (1875–1937), New York, 1929; given to Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut, 1930

Associated names

Israel Sack, Inc.
Francis P. Garvan


The top of the sideboard is screwed in place from underneath to all four sides. The back of the case is a single horizontal board; the horizontal framing elements of the front are mahogany boards backed with wider pine boards. The cupboard is enclosed with full vertical transverse partitions housed in grooves in the back; the bottom of the cupboard is nailed from underneath to these partitions and supported with glue blocks. The sides of the cupboard bottom extend beyond this partition to form a runner for the lower left and the right drawer. The drawer runners and guides within the case are nailed to the sides; there are multiple vertical blocks on the inside faces of the legs. The drawer divider on the left side is doubled tenoned through the vertical partition on its right. On the drawers, the sides are dovetailed to the front and back; the bottoms are beveled on their front and side edges, let into grooves in the front and sides, and nailed to the underside of the back. Small glue blocks are affixed to the bottom along the sides. Source: 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), 415.

See also


Albert Sack, Fine Points of Furniture: Early American (New York: Crown Publishers, 1950), 225, ill.
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), 413–417, no. 214, ill.
Patricia E. Kane et al., Art and Industry in Early America: Rhode Island Furniture, 1650–1830, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2016), 5n18.