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American Decorative Arts
Maker: Edward Winslow, American, 1669–1753

Two-Handled Covered Cup

ca. 1710–15


10 7/8 × 11 13/16 × 7 13/16 in. (27.6 × 30 × 19.84 cm, 1265 g) other (Lip): 7 3/16 in.(18.3 cm) base (Base): 5 9/16 in.(14.1 cm)
Mabel Brady Garvan Collection
This imposing cup by the Boston silversmith Edward Winslow would have been used at festive gatherings to hold sweet, alcoholic beverages like Bishop, which were drunk communally from large bowls or two-handled cups. The restrained decoration epitomizes the Baroque style in American metalwork. The lobed finial and gadrooned bands on the lid, on the foot, and around the middle form a pulsating rhythm of light and shadow. This is one of two nearly identical American covered cups known to have survived. The other example, made by Winslow’s contemporary John Coney, is part of Harvard University’s ceremonial silver.
Made in Boston, Massachusetts
On view
18th century
Containers - Metals

Mrs.Edward Rantoul (née Lois Burnett, 1881–1961), Boston; Francis P. Garvan (1875–1937), New York; gift in 1932 to Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.


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), 125, no. 1021, pl.36, ill.

Francis H. Bigelow, Historic Silver of the Colonies and Its Makers (New York: MacMillan Company, 1917), 189, fig. 114.

E. Alfred Jones, Old Silver of Europe and America (London: B. T. Batsford, Ltd., 1928), 35, pl. 11, ill.

Clara Louise Avery, Early American Silver (New York: The Century Co., 1930), 64, pl. 38, ill.

Harvard Tercentenary Exhibition, exh. cat. (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University, 1936), 31, no. 113.

John Marshall Phillips, “Six Two-Handled Covered Cups,” Bulletin of the Associates in Fine Arts at Yale University 7, no. 2 (June 1936): 23–24, ill. frontispiece.

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), 83, no. 195, fig. 15.

Stephen G. C. Ensko, American Silversmiths and Their Marks, 3 (New York: Ensko, Inc., 1948), 13, ill.

John Marshall Phillips, American Silver (New York: Chanticleer Press, 1949), 53.

John Marshall Phillips, “Masterpieces in American Silver in Public Collections: Part II, 1700–1750,” Antiques 55, no. 2 (February 1949): 118, 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. 64, no. 57, ill.

Graham Hood, American Silver: A History of Style, 1650–1900 (New York: Praeger, 1971), 59–61, fig. 48.

Handbook of the Collections, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1992), 101, ill.

Patricia E. Kane, Colonial Massachusetts Silversmiths and Jewelers (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1998), 977.

Susan B. Matheson, Art for Yale: A History of the Yale University Art Gallery (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2001), 92, 95–96, fig. 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.