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Photo: Courtesy Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn., Mabel Brady Garvan Collection, 1930.2162
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Object number



Maker, possibly by Edmund Townsend, American, 1736/7–1811


84 11/16 41 7/16 20 13/16 in. (215.107 105.252 52.864 cm)



Current location

Yale University Art Gallery


Made in Newport, Rhode Island
(view a map of Rhode Island)


Mahogany (primary); eastern white pine; chestnut (one drawer divider, blocks and some framing elements)




Numerous pencil shop marks and inscriptions: "Top" written on inside of each side of upper and lower case; "Front Bottom" and another illegible inscription on top side of bottom of upper case; "Front Top" on underside of top of upper case; "Bottom" on inside of bottom of lower case; pencil inscription on underside of top of lower case; many drawer backs and drawer dividers are numbered; several modern pencil inscriptions and modern "318 / Goddard" written in white chalk on top side of bottom of top drawer in lower case.


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

Associated names

B. Altman & Co.
Francis P. Garvan


John T. Kirk, Early American Furniture: How to Recognize, Evaluate, and Care for the Most Beautiful Pieces: High Style, Country, Primitive and Rustic (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1970), 104–5, fig. 86.
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), 177–179, no. 83, ill.
John T. Kirk, American Furniture: Understanding Styles, Construction, and Quality (New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 2000), 141, fig. 172.