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High chest of drawers

Object number



Maker Unknown


71 7/8 × 37 7/16 × 21 1/4 in. (182.6 × 95.1 × 54 cm) Lower case: 35 7/8 × 20 1/4 in. (91.1 × 51.5 cm) Upper case: 34 3/16 × 19 5/16 in. (86.8 × 49.1 cm)



Current location

Yale University Art Gallery


Probably made in, Possibly made in Rhode Island
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Staghorn sumac (light-colored veneer); probably soft maple veneer (dark burl veneer); soft maple(legs, cornice, midmoldings); American black walnut (half-round moldings, drops); chestnut (top and bottom of upper case, some drawer fronts, some drawer dividers, some drawer bottoms and backs); southern yellow pine (backboards of upper case, some drawer linings); eastern white pine ( backboards of upper case, some drawer linings); red oak (one drawer divider in upper case); hard maple (center panels of case sides); sycamore (side panels of case sides); eastern hemlock (some drawer linings); Atlantic or northern white cedar (some drawer linings)


Blank American Express Co. shipping label dated 1914, glued to outside of back of lower case; museum accession number, "20.843," painted in red, on outside of back of upper and lower case and in a drawer; "Sabotnik" and "Sabot--" and "Hippi--," scratched on top of top of upper case; scratching appears to be modern.


Israel Sack, Boston; sold to Mrs. Gustav Radeke (née Eliza Greene Metclaf 1854–1931), Providence, Rhode Island, circa 1916; given to Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, 1920; sold to Harry Arons, Ansonia, Connecticut, 1957; sold to Israel Sack, Inc., New York; sold to Richard Tishman, New York; sold to Israel Sack, Inc., New York; sold to Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut, 1964

Associated names

Eliza Greene Metcalf Radeke
Harry Arons
Israel Sack, Inc.
Richard Tishman
Israel Sack, Inc.
Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design

See also


American Antiques from Israel Sack Collection, 10 vols. (Washington, D.C.: Highland House Publishers, 1957–1989), vol. 1, p. 20, no. 67, ill.; vol. 9, p. 1177, no. 3, ill.
Ruth Davidson, "In the Museums," Antiques 88, no.3 (September 1965): 356, ill.
"Recent Gifts and Purchases, January 1–December 31, 1964," Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin 30, no. 2 (March 1965): 34, ill.
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), 40–41, fig. 26.
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), 253–255, no. 132, pl. 12.
Harold Sack, "The Development of the American High Chest of Drawers," Antiques 133, no. 5 (May 1988): 1117, fig. 3.
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), 31n44, 154n2, 161n4.