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By the mid-18th century, fashionable colonial entertainment and medicinal cures included a midday or after-supper “punch,” consisting of

water or tea, sugar, lemon and/or orange slices, spices, and spirits, usually rum or whiskey. Silver two-handled strainers with perforated designs cut into the metal with a drill and jeweler’s sawallowed for artistic experimentation. The punch strainer became a fixture of wealthy households for the straining of citrus pulp, seeds, and nutmeg clusters out of the glass.

Identification and Creation
Object Number
2020.195
People
Daniel Parker, American (Charlestown, Massachusetts 1726 - 1785 Boston, Massachusetts)
Title
Punch Strainer
Classification
Vessels
Work Type
vessel
Date
c. 1765
Places
Creation Place: North America, United States, Massachusetts, Boston
Culture
American
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/369964
Location
Level 2, Room 2240, European and American Art, 17th–19th century, The Arts in the Eighteenth–Century Atlantic World
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Physical Descriptions
Medium
Silver
Dimensions
26.4 cm (10 3/8 in.)
130 g
Inscriptions and Marks
  • monogram: engraved, under rim: EG
  • inscription: scratchweight, under rim: 4-16
  • maker's mark: back of handle, stamped: D [pellet] Parker [mark of Daniel Parker]
  • maker's mark: back of handle, stamped: D [pellet] Parker [mark of Daniel Parker]
  • inscription: under rim, black paint: 1990-34
Provenance
Henry V. Weil (1864-1943), New York. Mrs. J. Armory Haskell (1864-1942), New York, sold [through her estate sale, Parke-Bernet, New York, April 26-29, 1944, lot 586]. May and Howard Joynt, Alexandria, sold [through their sale, Christie's, New York, January 19-20, 1990, lot 277]. John A. Hyman, Williamsburg, 1990, sold [through S. J. Shrubsole, New York]; to Daniel and Susan Pollack, 2008, 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
2020
Object Number
2020.195
Division
European and American Art
Contact
am_europeanamerican@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
Bowl pierced in the shape of a flower. Handles with stylized leaves
Publication History

Important XVIII Century American Furniture...Collected by the Late Mrs. J. Amory Haskell, Part One, auct. cat., Parke-Bernet Galleries, Inc. (New York, April 26-29, 1944), p. 168, lot 586, repr.

The Collection of May and Howard Joynt, Alexandria, Virginia: Highly Important American Furniture, Silver and Paintings, auct. cat., Christie's, New York (New York, January 19-20, 1990), p. 40, lot no. 277, repr.

John D. Davis, "Silver Punch Strainers in the John A. Hyman Collection at Colonial Williamsburg", The Magazine Antiques (August 1991), Vol. 140, No. 2, pp. 198-199, no. F [mistakenly identified as D]

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. 756

Jeanne Sloane, Early American Silver in the collection of Daniel A. Pollack, Privately Published (Boston [?], 2019), cat. no. 19, repr.

"Harvard Art Museums Receive Important Gift of American Silver", Artfixdaily Artwire ([e-journal], March 22, 2022), https://www.artfixdaily.com/artwire/release/6573-harvard-art-museums-receive-important-gift-of-american-silver, accessed March 24, 2022

Exhibition History

32Q: 2240 18th Century, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 09/12/2022 - 01/01/2050

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