"Bureaus. Chest of Drawers"

Collection Type

  • Decorative arts


1880-1914, undated



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Album of design drawings produced by A. H. Davenport Co. titled: "Bureaus. Chest of Drawers." The title is printed on the spine in gold on a red leather label. The company name is printed in black on the front cover; the volume number "12" is also printed in black on the spine. Album has a beige fabric covering and 212 pages. There are 61 pages which have 212 design drawings on trace affixed with glue. The remaining 151 pages are blank. Drawings depict a variety of case furniture designed by the firm. Printed table of contents is pasted inside front cover and includes the following categories: French bureaus, colonial bureaus, miscellaneous bureaus, French chests of drawers, colonial chests of drawers, and miscellaneous chests of drawers. Drawings often contain handwritten information including dimensions, wood type, model numbers, date, customer name and detailer initials. Named customers include: J. J. Albright (Buffalo, NY); N. W. Aldrich; Miss Ames; John Jacob Astor (New York, NY); C. F. Bates; Mrs. Brayton; H. P. Bridge; A. C. Burrage; J. G. Cannon; L. S. Conant; H. E. Converse; Joshua Crane, Jr.; Alfred Ivins Croll (Boston, MA); Mr. Draper; E. K. Dunham; J. W. Edwards; H. P. English; Mrs. E. D. Godfrey (New York, NY); Mrs. William H. Gratwick (Buffalo, NY); C. S. Hapgood; J. C. Hoagland; Miss Holmes; W. R. Holmes; R. C. Hooper; J. L. Jones; Mrs. Lanier; J. M. Lasell; Mrs. Solomon Lincoln; Mrs. Franklin MacVeagh (Chicago, IL); Mrs. Mandell; Mrs. Osgood; Jacob Pfaff; F. B. Pratt; Mrs. George Pratt; Mr. Rice; Mr. Rumrell; Mr. Joseph Schaffner; W. B. Schiller; Dennis Sheedy; Mrs. E. F. Shepard; Mrs. Skinner; John Sloane; Mrs. Charles Huntington Starkweather; J. E. Stillman; George Sykes; Cornelius Vanderbilt; J. D. Wadsworth; R. S. Webster; Stanford White (New York, NY); W. T. White; and William C. Whitney.


Descriptive Terms

case furniture
cabinets (case furniture)
chests of drawers
chiffonnières (low chests of drawers)
dressing tables
shaving stands
high chests of drawers
design drawings

Additional Identification Number

Strong Museum number 2

Physical Description

1 album containing 204 pages and 212 design drawings (20 1/2 x 15 1/2 x 2 3/4 inches)

Collection Code


Collection Name

Irving and Casson - A. H. Davenport -- Collection I

Date of Acquisition


Reference Code



20 1/2 x 15 1/2 x 2 3/4 (HxWxD)(inches)

Record Details


A. H. Davenport Co. (American furniture manufactory, active late 19th-early 20th centuries) (Manufacturer)

Material Type

design drawings

Description Level