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American Decorative Arts
Maker: Peter Van Dyck, American, 1684–1751

Caster

ca. 1705–15

Silver

7 1/2 × 3 1/4 in. (19 × 8.26 cm, 374 g)
other (Lip): 2 7/16 in. (6.2 cm)
base: 3 1/4 in. (8.3 cm)
Mabel Brady Garvan Collection
1942.350
The original owners of this caster were Colonel Myndert and Rachel (Cuyler) Schuyler, who were married in 1693. Schuyler was the thirteenth mayor of Albany, New York, and a member of one of the prominent land-owning families of New York and New Jersey. The Schuylers also owned a silver tankard by Peter Van Dyck, and other members of the family owned a pear-shaped teapot by Van Dyck and a substantial tray by John Heath. New York casters are known for their stout, powerful proportions and bold ornamentation.
Geography: 
Made in New York, New York
Status: 
On view
Culture: 
American
Period: 
18th century
Classification: 
Containers - Metals
Provenance: 

Col. Myndert Schuyler (1672-1755); his daughter, Anna (Schuyler) de Peyster (m. 1713); her daughter, Anna (de Peyster) Douw (1793-94); her son, John de Peyster Douw (1756-1835); his son, John de Peyster Douw, Jr. (b. 1812); his daughter, Margaret L. (Douw) Townsend (b. 1858); her son, M. Henry Townsend, Westbury, Long Island, NY (1942).

Bibliography: 

“The Editors’ Attic,” Antiques 51, no. 6 (June 1947): 398.

Stephen G. C. Ensko, American Silversmiths and Their Marks, 3 (New York: Ensko, Inc., 1948), 111, ill.

John Marshall Phillips, American Silver (New York: Chanticleer Press, 1949), 51, pl. 10.

From Colony to Nation; an Exhibition of American Painting, Silver and Architecture from 1650 to the War of 1812, exh. cat. (Chicago: Art Institute of Chicago, 1949), 104, 115, no. 211, ill.

John Marshall Phillips, Early American Silver Selected from the Mabel Garvan Collection, Yale University (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1960), no. 14b, 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. 42, no. 588, ill.

Martha Gandy Fales, Early American Silver for the Cautious Collector (New York: Funk & Wagnalls, 1970), 70, fig. 64.

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), 138, 149, no. 144, ill.

Handbook of the Collections, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1992), 102, ill.

Marybeth De Filippis, “Margrieta van Varick’s ‘East Indian’ Goods: A Possible Influence on Colonial American Silver,” The Magazine Antiques (September 2009): 85.

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.