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


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.