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Part of The American Wing
Paul Revere Jr. (American, Boston, Massachusetts 1734–1818 Boston, Massachusetts)
Date: 1791Accession Number: 1990.226a–d
Myer Myers (1723–1795)
Date: 1770–76Accession Number: 54.167
Cornelius Kierstede (1674–ca. 1757)
Date: 1700–1710Accession Number: 38.63
Edward Winslow (1669–1753)
Date: 1700–1710Accession Number: 33.120.221
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Roy J. Zuckerberg Gallery
The American Wing's finest seventeenth- and eighteenth-century silver is presented in this treasury of domestic, ecclesiastical, and presentation objects. The earliest feature fluted gadrooning, engraving, and cast or embossed ornament reflecting late Renaissance and Baroque traditions. Lighter, more curvilinear Rococo designs predominate during the 1760s and 1770s, followed by a return to order and restraint with the arrival of Neoclassicism in the post-Revolutionary period. Americans presented communion silver to their houses of worship and commissioned vessels to mark special occasions. Appropriately inscribed, silver was, and remains, the ideal choice for honoring personal, civic, and professional accomplishments. As a tangible index of social standing, it has always represented financial security and sophisticated taste. American silver of the seventeenth through early twentieth century is also displayed on the balconies of The Charles Engelhard Court (704, 705, and 706).
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