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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
2020.198
People
Joseph Richardson Jr., American (Philadelphia 1752 - 1831 Philadelphia)
Nathaniel Richardson, American (Chester, Pennsylvania 1754 - 1827 Philadelphia)
Title
Coffeepot
Classification
Vessels
Work Type
vessel
Date
c. 1780
Places
Creation Place: North America, United States, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Culture
American
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/369968
Location
Level 2, Room 2410, South Arcade
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Physical Descriptions
Medium
Silver and fruitwood
Dimensions
31.8 cm (12 1/2 in.)
1049 g
Inscriptions and Marks
  • monogram: side, engraved: NLJC
  • inscription: side, engraved: [Birkat Kohanim / Priestly Blessing]
  • maker's mark: under base, stamped: I [pellet] NR [conjoined] [in rectangle] [mark of Joseph and Nathaniel Richardson]
  • maker's mark: under base, stamped: I [pellet] NR [conjoined] [in rectangle] [mark of Joseph and Nathaniel Richardson]
Provenance
Private collection, sold [through Sotheby's, New York, January 20-22, 2006, lot 166]. 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
2020
Object Number
2020.198
Division
European and American Art
Contact
am_europeanamerican@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
Double-bellied pear-shaped body with a fluted spout and gadrooned urn finial. Wood handle
Publication History

Jeanne Sloane, Early American Silver in the collection of Daniel A. Pollack, Privately Published (Boston [?], 2019), cat. no. 23, 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: 2410 South Arcade, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 07/25/2022 - 01/01/2050

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