American Decorative Arts
Maker: Joseph Loring, 1743–1815

Pair of Two-Handled Cups

ca. 1790


11 3/4 in. (29.8 cm)
Mabel Brady Garvan Collection
18th century
Containers - Metals
Made in Boston, Massachusetts, North America
On view*

Brattle Street Church, Boston, MA; Francis H. Bigelow, Cambridge, Mass.; Francis P. Garvan, New York (1916); gift in 1930 to Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.


John Henry Buck, Old Plate, Its Makers and Marks, 2d ed. (New York: Gorham Manufacturing Company, 1903), 218–19, ill.

The Massachusetts Colonial Loan Exhibit at the Jamestown Ter-Centennial Exposition, 1607–1907, exh. cat. (Boston: Wright and Potter Printing Company, 1907), no. 477.

George Munson Curtis and Florence Virginia Berger, American Church Silver of the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries, exh. cat. (Boston: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1911), 85, no. 711–14.

E. Alfred Jones, The Old Silver of American Churches (Letchworth, England: National Society of Colonial Dames of America, 1913), 69–70, pl. 27, ill.

John Marshall Phillips, “A Puritan Spoon,” Bulletin of the Associates in Fine Arts at Yale University 7, no. 2 (June 1936): 24–25, 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), 64, no. 140.

John Marshall Phillips, American Silver (New York: Chanticleer Press, 1949), 110.

John Marshall Phillips, “Masterpieces in American Silver in Public Collections: Part III, Ecclesiastical Silver,” Antiques 55, no. 4 (April 1949): 285, ill.

The New England Silversmith, exh. cat. (Procidence, R.I.: Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, 1965), no. 130.

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. 208, no. 275, ill.

Graham Hood, American Silver: A History of Style, 1650–1900 (New York: Praeger, 1971), 168, 172–73, fig. 183.

Handbook of the Collections, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1992), 110, ill.

Patricia E. Kane, Colonial Massachusetts Silversmiths and Jewelers (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1998), 674.

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.