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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
Peter Quintard, American (New York, New York 1699 - 1762 Norwalk, Connecticut)
Charles Le Roux, American (New York, New York 1689 - 1763 New York, New York)
Work Type
c. 1725
Creation Place: North America, United States, New York, New York
Persistent Link
Level 2, Room 2410, South Arcade
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Physical Descriptions
17.8 cm (7 in.)
878.8 g
Inscriptions and Marks
  • monogram: handle grip, engraved: BRR [or] BBR
  • maker's mark: left side of handle, stamped: PQ [in rectangle] [mark of Peter Quintard]
  • maker's mark: right side of handle, stamped: PQ [in rectangle] [mark of Peter Quintard]
  • maker's mark: thumbpiece support, stamped: CLR [conjoined, in oval] [mark of Charles LeRoux]
  • maker's mark: thumbpiece support, stamped: CLR [conjoined, in oval] [mark of Charles LeRoux]
  • inscription: top of lid, on inset coin: CAROLVS II DEI GRATIA
  • inscription: inside of lid, on inset coin: MAG DR FRA ET HIB REX 1679
  • inscription: bottom, scratched : AMS
[Clapp & Graham Co., New York], sold; to Peter Morrison Jeffords (1882-1960), Glen Riddle, Pennsylvania, 1937, by descent; to Peter Morrison Jeffords, Jr. (1915-1990) and Kathleen McLaughlin (d. 2003), 1960, sold [through their sale, Sotheby's, October 29, 2004, lot 734]. [S. J. Shrubsole, New York, 2008], sold; to Daniel and Susan Pollack, gift; to Harvard Art Museums, 2020
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
Object Number
European and American Art
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Body of tapered cylindrical form with a cast corkscrew thumbpiece. Applied leaf border at base. Lid is inset with a Charles II coin dated 1679.
Publication History

Advertisement for The Clapp & Graham Co., Inc., The Magazine Antiques (February 1937), vol. 31, no. 2, p. 57, repr.

The Collection of Mr. & Mrs. Walter M. Jeffords: Early American Silver, auct. cat., Sotheby's, New York (New York, October 28, 2004), lot 734, repr.

Jeanne Sloane, Early American Silver in the collection of Daniel A. Pollack, Privately Published (Boston [?], 2019), cat. no. 7, repr.

Exhibition History

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

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