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American Decorative Arts
Maker: John Coney, American, 1655–1722


ca. 1705


8 5/8 in., 110.23 lb. (21.9 cm, 50 oz.)
other (Lip): 10 3/4 in. (27.3 cm)
base: 6 11/16 in. (17 cm)
Mabel Brady Garvan Collection
John Coney was the leading silversmith in Boston in the period from about 1700 until his death in 1721, a time when the town was the major center of silversmithing in Britain’s North American colonies. This monteith was made for the wealthy Boston merchant John Colman. In the late seventeenth century, when the fashion for serving wines cold arose, monteiths came into fashion as vessels for chilling wine glasses. Thus, Colman’s monteith, up-to-the-minute and elaborate, fitted his station in life. By the 1730s, the fashion for monteiths had passed.
Made in Boston, Massachusetts
On view
18th century
Containers - Metals

John Colman; Thomas and Judith (Colman) Bulfinch; Thomas and Susan (Apthorp) Bulfinch; George and Anna (Bulfinch) Storer; Mrs. Samuel Appleton; the Appleton family; George C. Gebelein, Boston, MA; Francis P. Garvan, New York; gift in 1948 to Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.


W. H. Whitmore, “The Heraldic Journal: Recording the Armorial Bearings and Genealogies of Americn Families,” The Heraldic Journal 1 (April 1865): 58.

“A Show for Chicago,” Antiques (March 1937): 140, ill.

Anderson Galleries and American Art Association, New York, Rare and Valuable American Furniture, Paintings, and Silver: From the Collection of Herbert Lawton, Boston, Mass., sale cat. (April 2–3, 1937).

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), 29, no. 40, fig. 21.

“The Editors’ Attic,” Antiques 54, no. 3 (September 1948): 350, ill.

John Marshall Phillips, American Silver (New York: Chanticleer Press, 1949), 54, pl. 13.

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), 90, no. 154.

John Marshall Phillips, “The Mabel Brady Garvan Collection of Silver at Yale University,” Connoisseur Year Book (1953): 71, pl. 10, ill.

Kathryn C. Buhler, Colonial Silversmiths, Masters and Apprentices, exh. cat. (Boston: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1956), 54, no. 27.

Kathryn C. Buhler, French, English, and American Silver, exh. cat. (Minneapolis: Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 1956), 72, no. 203, fig. 32.

John Marshall Phillips, Early American Silver Selected from the Mabel Garvan Collection, Yale University (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1960), no. 10, ill.

J. McNab, “Monteiths: English, American, Continental,” Antiques 82 (August 1962): 158, fig. 6.

Henry J. Kauffman, The Colonial Silversmith: His Techniques and His Products (Camden, New Jersey: Thomas Nelson Inc., 1969), 97, 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. 40, no. 31, ill.

Martha Gandy Fales, Early American Silver for the Cautious Collector (New York: Funk & Wagnalls, 1970), 16, fig. 14.

Graham Hood, American Silver: A History of Style, 1650–1900 (New York: Praeger, 1971), 64–66, fig. 51, 52.

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), 41, 140–41, no. 146, ill.

Thomas E. Norton, 100 Years of Collecting in America: The Story of Sotheby Parke Bernet (New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1984), 126, ill.

Harold Newman, An Illustrated Dictionary of Silverware (New York: Thames and Hudson, 1987), 83, ill.

Handbook of the Collections, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1992), 100, ill.

Patricia E. Kane, Colonial Massachusetts Silversmiths and Jewelers (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1998), 326.

Susan B. Matheson, Art for Yale: A History of the Yale University Art Gallery (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2001), 100–101, fig. 95.

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), 190–91, no. 98, ill.

Edward S. Cooke, Jr., Inventing Boston: Design, Production, and Consumption (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2019), 166, fig. 194.

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