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A Legacy of Generosity and Service: Daniel A. Pollack (1939–2019)

Daniel A. Pollack (Harvard College A.B. ’60, University of Oxford M.A. ’62, Harvard Law School LL.B. ’65) pursued his education and passions with remarkable aplomb. One of the foremost trial lawyers in the United States, he also painted watercolors and collected early American paintings and silver. He served on many boards and advisory groups for the Harvard Art Museums, including as longtime chair of the American Art committee until his death. This arcade gallery bears his name along with his wife’s, Susan F. Pollack (Harvard College A.B. ’64, Harvard Law School LL.B. ’67), as a testament to their unflagging support of art and art education.

In 2020, Susan Pollack made a transformative gift of her husband’s collection of 18th-century American silver, to honor his life and his support of American art at Harvard. Most of the works from the gift are in the neighboring case. Six works of ecclesiastical silver are on view in the silver cabinet (Gallery 2340) on this floor. We are grateful for Daniel Pollack’s legacy of generosity and service, which has allowed us to tell a nuanced and hemispheric story of design, global luxury, international trade, and labor.

[2020.185, 2020.188, 2020.190, 2020.191, 2020.192, 2020.193, 2020.196, 2020.198, 2020.199, 2020.201, 2020.202, 2020.204]

Identification and Creation
Object Number
2020.204
People
Benjamin Wynkoop, American (Kingston, New York 1673 - 1751 New York, New York)
Title
Bowl
Classification
Vessels
Work Type
vessel
Date
c. 1711
Places
Creation Place: North America, United States, New York, New York
Culture
American
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/369951
Location
Level 2, Room 2410, South Arcade
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Physical Descriptions
Medium
Silver
Dimensions
11.1 × 20 cm (4 3/8 × 7 7/8 in.)
230 g
Inscriptions and Marks
  • monogram: side, engraved: T / GH / MDCCXI [later]
  • inscription: side, engraved: To M.H.T. 1846
  • maker's mark: center of bottom, stamped: W K / B [in heart shaped punch] [mark of Benjamin Wynkoop]
  • maker's mark: center of bottom, stamped: W K / B [in heart shaped punch] [mark of Benjamin Wynkoop]
Provenance
George Taylor (1684-1758) and Helena Johnstone (1687-1758), Middletown, New Jersey, [1] gift?; to M.H.T. [2] Walter Morrison Jeffords (1882-1960), Glen Riddle, Pennsylvania, by descent; to Walter Morrison Jeffords, Jr. (1915-1990), and Kathleen McLaughlin (d. 2003), 1960, sold [through Sotheby's, New York, October 29, 2004, lot 738]. [S. J. Shrubsole, New York], sold; to Daniel and Susan Pollack, gift; to Harvard Art Museums, 2020

Notes
[1] They were married in 1708
[2] Per engraving
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, The Pollack Collection, gift of Daniel A. Pollack AB ’60 and Susan F. Pollack AB ’64
Accession Year
2020
Object Number
2020.204
Division
European and American Art
Contact
am_europeanamerican@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
Two-handled drinking bowl set upon a base.
Publication History

V. Isabelle Miller, Silver by New York Makers: Late 17th Century to 1900, exh. cat., Museum of the City of New York (New York, 1937), p. 38, cat. no. 377

The Collection of Mr. & Mrs. Walter M. Jeffords: Early American Silver, auct. cat., Sotheby's, New York (New York, October 28, 2004), pp. 270-271, lot 738, repr.

Jeanne Sloane, Early American Silver in the collection of Daniel A. Pollack, Privately Published (Boston [?], 2019), cat. no. 5, repr.

Exhibition History

Silver by New York Makers: Late 17th Century to 1900, Museum of the City of New York, 12/07/1937 - 01/17/1938

32Q: 2410 South Arcade, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 07/25/2022 - 01/01/2050

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