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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1.2017
People
John Edwards, American (England c. 1671 - 1746 Boston)
Title
Joseph Sewall Tankard from Old South Church, Boston
Classification
Vessels
Work Type
vessel
Date
c. 1730
Places
Creation Place: North America, United States, Massachusetts, Boston
Culture
American
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/356761
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Silver
Dimensions
22 × 20 × 14.5 cm (8 11/16 × 7 7/8 × 5 11/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • maker's mark: side, left of handle, punched: [IE] [in shield-shaped punch with crown above] [mark of John Edwards]
  • maker's mark: cover, punched: [IE] [in shield-shaped punch with crown above] [mark of John Edwards]
  • inscription: bottom, erased: 82.39
  • label: bottom, red border, brown ink: 1480.11 / Old South [handwritten]
  • inscription: bottom, engraved: Given to the South-Church / 1730
  • label: bottom, square, printed text: 22-JAN-16 / Sale 11985 / Lot 257 / CHRISTIE'S
  • coat of arms: engraved, on side: Sewall Family
Provenance
Probably Reverend Joseph Sewall (1688-1769), gift; to Old South Church, Boston. [Christie's, New York, January 22, 2016, lot 257], sold.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Loan from Caitlin Galante-DeAngelis Hopkins
Object Number
1.2017
Division
European and American Art
Contact
am_europeanamerican@harvard.edu
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Publication History

E. Alfred Jones, The Old Silver of American Churches, National Society of Colonial Dames of America (Letchworth, England, 1913), pp. 53-54, repr. pl. XX

Important American Furniture, Folk Art & Prints, lots 53-133, auct. cat., Christie's, New York (New York, January 22, 2016), p. 116, lot 257, repr.

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