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American Decorative Arts
Maker: Jeremiah Dummer, American, 1645–1718


probably 1686


10 13/16 × 7 7/16 × 7 7/16 in. (27.5 × 18.9 × 18.9 cm)
Mabel Brady Garvan Collection
Made in Boston, Massachusetts
On view
17th century
Lighting Devices

Possibly originally owned by Col. Peter Lidgett; David and Elizabeth (Usher) Jeffries; family of Dr. John Jeffries (1796-1876); Dr. John Jeffries' son, Dr. B. Joy Jeffries; his daughter, Marian Jeffries; her husband, J. Howard Means; gift in 1953 to Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.


John Henry Buck, Old Plate, Its Makers and Marks, 2d ed. (New York: Gorham Manufacturing Company, 1903), 120–121, ill.

American Silver, the Work of Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century Silversmiths, exh. cat. (Boston: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1906), 56, no. 93, 94, pls. 1, 2.

Francis H. Bigelow, Historic Silver of the Colonies and Its Makers (New York: MacMillan Company, 1917), 283–85, fig. 187.

Edward Wenham, “Candlesticks and Snuffers by American Silversmiths,” Antiques 18 (December 1930): 491, 493, fig. 1.

Clara Louise Avery, Early American Silver (New York: The Century Co., 1930), no. 47–48, 379, pl. 61, ill.

Hermann F. Clarke, “Jeremiah Dummer, Silversmith (1645–1718),” Antiques 28 (October 1935): 145, fig. 5.

Hermann F. Clarke and Henry Wilder Foote, Jeremiah Dummer: Colonial Craftsman and Merchant, 1645–1718 (Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1935), 92–93, no. 9–10, pl. 5, ill.

Harvard Tercentenary Exhibition, exh. cat. (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University, 1936), 24, no. 86.

John Marshall Phillips, “Additions to the Garvan Collection of Silver,” Bulletin of the Associates in Fine Arts at Yale University 8, no. 1 (June 1937): 4–5.

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), 38–39, no. 70, fig. 8.

Stephen G. C. Ensko, American Silversmiths and Their Marks, 3 (New York: Ensko, Inc., 1948), vol. 3, p. 92, ill.

John Marshall Phillips, “Masterpieces in American Silver: Part 1, Seventeenth-Century Traditions,” The Magazine Antiques 54 (December 1948): 416, ill.

John Marshall Phillips, American Silver (New York: Chanticleer Press, 1949), 36, pl. 6a, ill.

Kathryn C. Buhler, Colonial Silversmiths, Masters and Apprentices, exh. cat. (Boston: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1956), 57, no. 48.

Kathryn C. Buhler, French, English, and American Silver, exh. cat. (Minneapolis: Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 1956), 73, no. 212, fig. 36.

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. 15, no. 9, ill.

Martha Gandy Fales, Early American Silver for the Cautious Collector (New York: Funk & Wagnalls, 1970), 10–11, fig. 9b.

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), 39, 132–33, no. 138, ill.

Handbook of the Collections, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1992), 99, ill.

Patricia E. Kane, Colonial Massachusetts Silversmiths and Jewelers (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1998), 390.

Susan B. Matheson, Art for Yale: A History of the Yale University Art Gallery (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2001), 100, fig. 94.

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), 188–89, no. 96, ill.

Edward S. Cooke, Jr., Inventing Boston: Design, Production, and Consumption (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2019), 158, fig. 183.

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