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Presentation Vase

Maker:
Thomas Fletcher (American, Alstead, New Hampshire 1787–1866 New Jersey)
Maker:
Sidney Gardiner (American, Mattituck, New York 1787–1827 Mexico)
Date:
1824
Geography:
Made in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Silver
Dimensions:
Overall: 23 7/16 x 20 1/8 x 15 1/8 in. (59.5 x 51.1 x 38.4 cm); 410 oz. 5 dwt. (12760 g) Lip: Diam. 12 3/4 in. (32.4 cm) Cover: 5 5/8 x 12 3/4 in. (14.3 x 32.4 cm)
Classification:
Silver
Credit Line:
Purchase, Louis V. Bell and Rogers Funds; Anonymous and Robert G. Goelet Gifts; and Gifts of Fenton L. B. Brown and of the grandchildren of Mrs. Ranson Spaford Hooker, in her memory, by exchange, 1982
Accession Number:
1982.4a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 731
This is one of a pair of vases given in 1825 by a group of New York merchants to Governor De Witt Clinton of New York for his role in promoting the construction of the Erie Canal. The vase is decorated with a combination of mythological elements and American motifs. On the front, the figures of Mercury (commerce) and Ceres (agriculture) flank a view of the canal's guard lock and basin at Albany; on the back, Hercules (strength) and Minerva (wisdom) are depicted with the aqueduct at Rochester and the falls of the Genesee River.
Inscription: engraved on plaque on front of base: The Merchants of Pearl Street, New York, / TO THE HON. DEWITT CLINTON / Whose claim to the proud Title of "Public Benefactor," / is founded on those magnificent works, / The Northern and Western CANALS.
engraved on bottom left corner of plaque: Fletcher & Gardiner Makers
engraved on bottom right corner of plaque: Philad[superscript a over "] December 1824

Marking: marked on underside of body: [within two concentric circles] FLETCHER & GARDINER.; [in rectangle in center] PHILA
marked twice on underside of base: FLETCHER & / GARDINER. (in banner);PHILA (in rectangle)
De Witt Clinton, Albany, New York, from 1825; Mrs. Abraham H. Baldwin (née Clinton), Albany, until 1906; Mrs. Morris K. (Maria van Antwerp De Witt) Jesup, New York, 1906–1908; New York Chamber of Commerce and Industry, New York, 1908–1982
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