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American Decorative Arts
Maker: Cornelius Vander Burgh, American, 1653–1699




6 1/4 in. (15.88 cm)
Mabel Brady Garvan Collection
Small, precious tokens of esteem such as rings or spoons were sometimes distributed at funerals to close friends and family members of the deceased. This spoon was issued at the funeral of Henricus Van Deursen (1684–1692) of New York, the youngest son of Pieter Abrahamszen and Hester (Webbers) Van Deursen. As is typical of early New York spoons, it was fabricated in two parts, with a broad bowl joining a cast handle. This handle is in the auricular style, an undulating, organic variant of Mannerism popularized in Northern Europe; the style would have been familiar to silversmiths of Dutch heritage, like Vander Burgh.
Made in New York, New York
On view
17th century

Originally owned by Pieter Abrahamszen Van Deursen (b. 1642), New York; his son, Abraham Van Deursen (1672-1759), New York; his daughter, Catherine (Van Deursen) Van Vleck (m. 1739); the Van Vleck family, New York; Francis P. Garvan, New York, to 1936; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.


John Marshall Phillips, “Additions to the Garvan Collection of Silver,” Bulletin of the Associates in Fine Arts at Yale University 8, no. 1 (June 1937): 11–12, ill.

V. Isabelle Miller, Silver by New York Makers, Late 17th Century to 1900, exh. cat. (New York: Museum of the City of New York, 1937), 32, no. 318.

New York Silversmiths of the Seventeenth Century, exh. cat. (New York: Museum of the City of New York, 1962), no. 75.

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. 2, p. 11, no. 554, ill.

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.