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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
Jacob Hurd, American (Charlestown, MA 1702/3 - 1758 Roxbury, MA)
Chafing Dish
Work Type
c. 1735
Creation Place: North America, United States, Massachusetts, Boston
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Level 2, Room 2410, South Arcade
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Physical Descriptions

Silver and wood
30.5 cm (12 in.)
510.3 g
Inscriptions and Marks
  • maker's mark: under base, stamped: [IHURD] [in shaped punch] [mark of Jacob Hurd]
  • coat of arms: opposite of handle, engraved: [Walker family arms] [in cartouche]
  • inscription: left of handle, engraved: J. H. to Marcy C. Shannon 1849
  • inscription: bottom, scratchweight: oz = dw - / 17 = 15 [scratched at different depths]


Recorded Ownership History
Walker family, Boston, 18th century. [1] J.H., gift; to Mary C. Shannon, c. 1849. [2] [King Hooper Shop, Boston], sold; to Dorothy Draper Hamlen (d. 1970), Wayland, MA, before 1939, sold [through Parke-Bernet, New York, November 30, 1946, lot 176]. Walter Morrison Jeffords (1882-1960), Glen Riddle, Pennsylvania, by descent; to Walter Morrison Jeffords, Jr. (1915-1990) and Kathleen McLaughlin (d. 2003), sold [through Sotheby's, New York, October 29, 2004, lot 680]. Daniel and Susan Pollack, gift; to Harvard Art Museums, 2020

[1] A book plate for Edward Walker (c.1739-1801) bears the same arms
[2] Per engraving on dish

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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Piereced double-belly bowl with three scrolls around the rim. Bowl is set upon three feet. Turned wood handle.

Publication History

  • Rare Early American Silver..., auct. cat., Parke-Bernet Galleries, Inc. (New York, November 30, 1946), p. 50, lot 176, repr.
  • Patricia E. Kane, Colonial Massachusetts Silversmiths and Jewelers: A Biographical Dictionary based on the Notes of Francis Hill Bigelow & John Marshall Phillips, Yale University Press (U.S.) (New Haven, CT, 1998), p. 592
  • Jeanne Sloane, Early American Silver in the collection of Daniel A. Pollack, Privately Published (Boston [?], 2019), cat. no. 10, repr.

Exhibition History

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

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