November 10, 2021 11:00 EST

American Furniture, Folk and Decorative Arts

 
  Lot 58
 

58

A rare silver beaker
John Coney (1655-1722), Boston, MA, circa 1687

The body engraved with inscription, "Ex dono Wm Browne senr, Esque.," with somewhat later strap handles, marked to body and underside.

H: 5 in. L: 7 in. (including handles) Dia: 4 in. (diameter of bowl), Weight: 11.67 oz. t.

Provenance

Jonathan Trace, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, August 17, 2014
A private New Jersey collection.

Literature

Kane, Patricia E., Colonial Massachusetts Silversmiths and Jewelers, New Haven: Yale University Art Gallery, 1998, p. 322.

Sold for $13,860
Estimated at $10,000 - $15,000


 

The body engraved with inscription, "Ex dono Wm Browne senr, Esque.," with somewhat later strap handles, marked to body and underside.

H: 5 in. L: 7 in. (including handles) Dia: 4 in. (diameter of bowl), Weight: 11.67 oz. t.

Provenance

Jonathan Trace, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, August 17, 2014
A private New Jersey collection.

Literature

Kane, Patricia E., Colonial Massachusetts Silversmiths and Jewelers, New Haven: Yale University Art Gallery, 1998, p. 322.

Note

William Browne (1608-1687/88) emigrated from England to Salem, Massachusetts in 1635. He was both a merchant and county court judge, and involved himself in other local causes, such as funding Harvard College. Married twice, to Mary Young (d. 1638) and Sarah Smith (d. 1668), he fathered eleven children. Based on the engraved inscription, it is believed that William donated the beaker to his parish shortly before or upon his death.

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