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Photo credit: Yale University Art Gallery
Maker: Daniel Christian Fueter, American, born Switzerland, 1720–1785
Patron: Mary Thong Livingston, American, 1711–1765

Whistle and Bells

1761–65

Gold and coral

5 3/16 in., 4.41 lb. (13.2 cm, 2 oz.)
Mabel Brady Garvan Collection, Gift of Mrs. Francis P. Garvan, James R. Graham, Walter M. Jeffords, B.A. 1905, and Mrs. Paul Moore
1942.91
Culture: 
American
Period: 
18th century
Classification: 
Jewelry
Geography: 
Made in New York, New York
Status: 
On view
Provenance: 

Mary (Duane) North, New York; her granddaughter, Mrs. F.B. Austin, New York, New York; her son, William Austin, New York, New York; gift 1942 to Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn. by Walter M. Jeffords, Mabel Brady Garvan, James R. Graham, and Mrs. Paul Moore.

Bibliography: 

John Marshall Phillips, American Silver (New York: Chanticleer Press, 1949), 107, pl. 3, ill.

Kathryn C. Buhler, Colonial Silversmiths, Masters and Apprentices, exh. cat. (Boston: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1956), 76, no. 182.

B. Ball, “Whistles with Coral and Bells,” Antiques 80, no. 6 (December 1961): 555, fig. 8.

Peter J. Bohan, American Gold, 1700–1860, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1963), 10, 30, no. 24, fig. 24.

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, pp. 134–35, no. 716, ill.

Graham Hood, American Silver: A History of Style, 1650–1900 (New York: Praeger, 1971), 132–33, fig. 134.

Charles F. Montgomery and Patricia E. Kane, eds., American Art: 1750–1800 Towards Independence, exh. cat. (Boston: New York Graphic Society, 1976), 196–97, fig. 151.

Gerald W. R. Ward, “Elegance in Revolutionary America,” Craft Horizons XXXVI, no. 2 (1976): 55, ill.

David B. Warren et al., Marks of Achievement: Four Centuries of American Presentation Silver, ed. Ellyn Childs Allison, exh. cat. (New York: Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1987), 67–68, no. 43, fig. 68.

Handbook of the Collections, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1992), 106, ill.

Martha Gandy Fales, Jewelry in America, 1600–1900, 1st (Suffolk, England: Antique Collector’s Club Ltd., 1995), 58, fig. 32.

Susan B. Matheson, Art for Yale: A History of the Yale University Art Gallery (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2001), 100, fig. 93.

David L. Barquist, Myer Myers: Jewish Silversmith in Colonial New York, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2001), 207, no. 107, ill.

Helen A. Cooper et al., Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness: American Art from the Yale University Art Gallery, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2008), 195, no. 102, ill.

Sarah D. Coffin and Penelope Hunter-Stiebel, Rococo: The Continuing Curve, 1730–2008 (New York: Cooper-Hewitt Museum, National Design Museum, 2008), 128–29, fig. 51.

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.