November 10, 2021 11:00 EST

American Furniture, Folk and Decorative Arts

 
  Lot 90
 

90

A rare silver dish cross
David Hall (1767-1814), Lancaster, PA, circa 1790

Four arms emanating from a pierced round center, each having adjustable supports with pierced shell-form plate rests on scrolled legs with openwork shell-form feet, two opposing arms each engraved with a name, "John Houston" and "Susanna Houston," two arms marked to top.

H: 3 3/4 in. W: 10 1/4 in. L: 10 1/4 in., L: 13 3/4 in. (length across), Weight: 17.37 oz. t.

Provenance

John Houston (1743-1809) and Susanna Wright Houston (married 1773), Pequa Valley, Leacock Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
Mathew C. Dallett, to Richard Athenaide, to Estelina Dallett
Jonathan Trace, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, November 14, 2017
A private New Jersey collection.

Exhibition History

Three Centuries of American Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1976.

Literature

Three Centuries of American Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1976, illustration pl. 97.

Sold for $7,560
Estimated at $5,000 - $10,000


 

Four arms emanating from a pierced round center, each having adjustable supports with pierced shell-form plate rests on scrolled legs with openwork shell-form feet, two opposing arms each engraved with a name, "John Houston" and "Susanna Houston," two arms marked to top.

H: 3 3/4 in. W: 10 1/4 in. L: 10 1/4 in., L: 13 3/4 in. (length across), Weight: 17.37 oz. t.

Provenance

John Houston (1743-1809) and Susanna Wright Houston (married 1773), Pequa Valley, Leacock Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
Mathew C. Dallett, to Richard Athenaide, to Estelina Dallett
Jonathan Trace, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, November 14, 2017
A private New Jersey collection.

Exhibition History

Three Centuries of American Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1976.

Literature

Three Centuries of American Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1976, illustration pl. 97.

Note

Built at the University of Pennsylvania in 1896, Houston Hall was named after Henry Howard Houston, Jr., and was considered the first American student union. The building's namesake was a descendant of John and Susanna Houston.

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