American Decorative Arts
Maker: Jeremiah Dummer, American, 1645–1718

Two-Handled Bowl

ca. 1690–1700


4 3/8 × 9 × 6 7/8 in. (11.1 × 22.9 × 17.46 cm, 542 g)
Mabel Brady Garvan Collection
The lobed rim of this bowl is unique in American silver. The bowl was made by the Boston silversmith Jeremiah Dummer, purportedly for Jane and Richard Pattishall. Its shape relates to Portuguese silver, which Dummer may have seen through his mercantile interests or through examples that were imported into Boston. The meandering band of flowers echoes the rounded forms of the lobes and recalls Stuart embroidery patterns.
17th century
Containers - Metals
Made in Boston, Massachusetts
On view

Richard and Jane Pattishall; DeLancey Kountze, New York; gift in 1940 to Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.


Ann Natalie Hansen, “Beakers and Bowls Part I,” Silver 23, no. 1 (January–February 1990): 13.

John Marshall Phillips, “A Silver Drinking Bowl by Captain Jeremiah Dummer,” Bulletin of the Associates in Fine Arts at Yale University 4, no. 3 (October 1932): 152, ill.

Hermann F. Clarke, “Jeremiah Dummer, Silversmith (1645–1718),” Antiques 28 (October 1935): 143, fig. 2.

Hermann F. Clarke and Henry Wilder Foote, Jeremiah Dummer: Colonial Craftsman and Merchant, 1645–1718 (Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1935), 78–79, no. 52, pl. 4, ill.

John Marshall Phillips, Masterpieces of New England Silver, 1650–1800: An Exhibition Held June 18 through September 10, 1939, Gallery of Fine Arts, Yale University (Boston: Harvard University Press, 1939), 38, no. 69.

John Marshall Phillips, “Masterpieces in American Silver; Part I, Seventeenth-Century Traditions,” Antiques vol. 54, no. 6 (December 1948): 415, ill.

John Marshall Phillips, American Silver (New York: Chanticleer Press, 1949), 33, pl. 5, ill.

John Marshall Phillips, “The Mabel Brady Garvan Collection of Silver at Yale University,” Connoisseur Year Book (1953): 71, pl. 5, ill.

Kathryn C. Buhler, Colonial Silversmiths, Masters and Apprentices, exh. cat. (Boston: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1956), 57, no. 49.

John Marshall Phillips, Early American Silver Selected from the Mabel Garvan Collection, Yale University (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1960), no. 4, ill.

Kathryn C. Buhler and Graham Hood, American Silver in the Yale University Art Gallery, 2 vols. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1970), vol. 1, p. 18, no. 10, ill.

Martha Gandy Fales, Early American Silver for the Cautious Collector (New York: Funk & Wagnalls, 1970), 100, fig. 96.

Graham Hood, American Silver: A History of Style, 1650–1900 (New York: Praeger, 1971), 36, fig. 13.

Barbara M. Ward and Gerald W. R. Ward, eds., Silver in American Life: Selections from the Mabel Brady Garvan and Other Collections at Yale University, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1979), 40, 135, no. 141, ill.

Handbook of the Collections, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1992), 99, ill.

Patricia E. Kane, Colonial Massachusetts Silversmiths and Jewelers (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1998), 395.

Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.