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Manufacturer: William Gale and Son, American, active 1850–58; 1862–67
Retailer: Tiffany and Company, American, founded 1837



Sterling silver

11 3/4 × 5 1/4 × 8 3/4 in. (29.845 × 13.335 × 22.225 cm)
Gift of Victoria Keator DePalma in memory of Rt. Rev. Frederic William Keator, Yale College 1880, and Frederic William Keator, Jr., Yale, M.E. 1924
Tiffany and Company was the leading retailer of silver in New York City at the time this pitcher was made. Although the firm eventually had its own manufacturing capabilities, in its early years it used existing manufacturing silversmiths to fill orders, as in the case of this pitcher by William Gale and Son. With its entwined ivy and oak branches and rusticated handle it exemplifies the Rococo Revival style.
Made in New York, New York
On view
19th century
Containers - Metals

Frederic M. Keator (1855-1924); descent through his family to Mrs. Victoria Keator DePalma (1933-2022), Milford, Conn.; given to the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn., 1999


“Acquisitions, 1999,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2000): 163.

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