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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
2020.201
People
Tobias Stoutenburg Jr., American (New York, New York 1700 - 1759 New York, New York)
Title
The Douw Family Teapot
Classification
Vessels
Work Type
vessel
Date
c. 1730
Places
Creation Place: North America, United States, New York, New York
Culture
American
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/369954
Location
Level 2, Room 2410, South Arcade
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Physical Descriptions
Medium
Silver and wood
Dimensions
17.1 cm (6 3/4 in.)
567 g
Inscriptions and Marks
  • maker's mark: side of handle, stamped: TSB [in oval]
  • coat of arms: side, engraved: [coat-of-arms]
  • inscription: side, engraved, mirror cypher: PAD
  • inscription: side, engraved: C.D.D. to C.D.T. Jan. 1847
  • inscription: engraved, scratch weight: 20 oz
Provenance
Captain Petrus Douw (1692-1775) and Anna Van Rensselaer (1696-1758), Wolvenhoeck, New York, by descent; to Catherine Douw Ganesvoort (1782-1848), their great granddaughter [1], gift; to Catherine Louisa Douw (1817-1891), her daughter, 1847 [2], by descent?; to Catherine Douw Townsend (b. 1842), her daughter, by descent?; to Townsend Morgan (b.1873), her son, by descent?; to Mrs. Townsend Morgan, his wife, sold; to John Daley, New York, c. 1958. Herbert F. Darling (1904-1968), Buffalo; to The Darling Foundation of New York State Early American Silversmiths and Silver, sold [through Christie's, New York, January 18, 2007, lot 22]. Daniel and Susan Pollack, gift; to Harvard Art Museums, 2020

[1] She married Johannes De Peyster Douw in 1811, C.D.D. is for her.
[2] She married John Townsend in 1836, C.D.T. is for her.
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
2020.201
Division
European and American Art
Contact
am_europeanamerican@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
Pear-shaped body with a domed cover. The spout has a bird's head terminal. The finial and handle are made of wood.
Publication History

Herbert F. Darling, New York State Silversmiths, The Darling Foundation of New York State Early American Silversmiths and Silver (Eggertsville, New York, 1964), p. 168, repr.

Early American Silver 1670-1820, Including the Darling Foundation Collection and Silver from the First Church in Salem, auct. cat., Christie's, New York (New York, January 18, 2007), pp. 24-27, lot 22, repr. pp. 25, 27

Jeanne Sloane, Early American Silver in the collection of Daniel A. Pollack, Privately Published (Boston [?], 2019), cat. no. 8, repr.

Exhibition History

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

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