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American Decorative Arts
Maker: John Dolbeare, American, 1670–1740


ca. 1695–1740


1 1/16 in. (2.7 cm)
other: 16 9/16 in. (42.1 cm)
Mabel Brady Garvan Collection
Made in Boston, Massachusetts
On view
17th century
Containers - Metals

At the time the Art Gallery purchased this platter from the New Jersey Genesis Quarterly, Charles Montgomery was informed that the initials struck on the brim were for the members of the Burnett family, whose descendants had owned it "until recently" (Carl M. Williams to Charles F. Montgomery, 2 March 1973, American Arts Office Files, Yale University Art Gallery). Several members of the Burnett family moved from Lynn, Massachusetts, to what is now Union, New Jersey, in the late seventeenth century (Kathleen Stavec, Reference Librarian, New Jersey Historical Society, telephone conversation with the author, December 1984); however, no late seventeenth-century Burnett couples with the initials T and S have been found in the records of either state. Gift in 1973 to Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.


“Acquisitions, 1973,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin 35, no. 1 (Summer 1974): 86, ill.

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), 34, 102–3, no. 81, ill.

Gerald W. R. Ward, “American Pewter, Brass, and Iron in the Yale University Art Gallery,” Antiques (June 1980): 1306, fig. 4.

David L. Barquist, American and English Pewter at the Yale University Art Gallery: A Supplementary Checklist (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1985), 17, 35–36, 77, no. 220, ill.

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