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Photo credit: Yale University Art Gallery
Maker: John Potwine, American, 1699–1792

Flagon

ca. 1720–30

Silver

13 5/8 in. (34.6 cm) other (Lip): 4 5/16 in.(11 cm) base (Base): 6 9/16 in.(16.7 cm)
Mabel Brady Garvan Collection
1930.1294
Culture: 
American
Period: 
18th century
Classification: 
Containers - Metals
Geography: 
Made in Boston, Massachusetts
Made in Hartford, Connecticut
Made in East Windsor, Connecticut
Status: 
On view
Provenance: 

Originally owned by Mary Bradley Lemon; First Parish Church, Charlestown, Mass.; I. Sack, Boston; Francs P. Garvan, New York (1926); gift in 1930 to Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.

Bibliography: 

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), 101, no. 839, pl.28, ill.

E. Alfred Jones, The Old Silver of American Churches (Letchworth, England: National Society of Colonial Dames of America, 1913), 123, pl. 48, ill.

John Potwine, “John Potwine, Silversmith of Massachusetts and Connecticut,” Antiques 28 (September 1935): 106, fig. 1.

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), 66–67, no. 147.

John Marshall Phillips, “Masterpieces in American Silver in Public Collections: Part III, Ecclesiastical Silver,” Antiques 55, no. 4 (April 1949): 283, 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. 109, no. 125, ill.

Graham Hood, American Silver: A History of Style, 1650–1900 (New York: Praeger, 1971), 113–14, 116–17, fig. 111, 112.

Harold Newman, An Illustrated Dictionary of Silverware (New York: Thames and Hudson, 1987), 136, ill.

Handbook of the Collections, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1992), 103, ill.

Patricia E. Kane, Colonial Massachusetts Silversmiths and Jewelers (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1998), 782.

Susan B. Matheson, Art for Yale: A History of the Yale University Art Gallery (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2001), 92, fig. 80.

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.