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

Tankard

ca. 1690

Silver

7 1/8 in. (18.1 cm) other (Lip): 4 7/8 in.(12.4 cm) base (Base): 5 9/16 in.(14.1 cm)
Mabel Brady Garvan Collection
1931.323
Culture: 
American
Period: 
17th century
Classification: 
Containers - Metals
Geography: 
Made in Boston, Massachusetts
Status: 
On view
Provenance: 

Mary Shrimpton (1667-1746); married Robert Gibbs, 1692; her daughter, Mary Gibbs Cotton (1699-1761); her daughter, Martha Cotton Thayer (b. 1739); her daughter, Catherine Thayer Abbot; her daughter, Martha Abbot Cram; her daughter, Catherine Abbot (Cram) Folsom; her daughter, Anna Abbot Folsom, Cambridge, MA; Francis P. Garvan, New York (1930); gift in 1931 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), 28, no. 242.

Exhibition of Silversmithing by John Coney, exh. cat. (Boston: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1932), no. 20.

Hermann F. Clarke, John Coney, Silversmith, 1655 - 1722 (Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1932), 35, no. 87, pl. 31, ill.

Harvard Tercentenary Exhibition, exh. cat. (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University, 1936), 28, no. 99.

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), 33, no. 54.

John Marshall Phillips, “Masterpieces in American Silver; Part I, Seventeenth-Century Traditions,” Antiques vol. 54, no. 6 (December 1948): 413, ill.

John Marshall Phillips, American Silver (New York: Chanticleer Press, 1949), 47.

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. 33, no. 26, ill.

Graham Hood, American Silver: A History of Style, 1650–1900 (New York: Praeger, 1971), 46–47, fig. 30, 31.

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), 70, 124–25, 127, no. 126, ill.

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

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.