New England Silver and Silversmithing, 1620-1815

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These essays are the proceedings of a conference held on April 19-20, 1996 at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. The presenters were leading scholars in the field and their scholarship remains remarkably up-to-date.

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Overview

These essays are the proceedings of a conference held on April 19-20, 1996 at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. The presenters were leading scholars in the field and their scholarship remains remarkably up-to-date.

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Collectors, curators and art historians will be the chief audience for this well-illustrated collection of essays on colonial American silver, its makers and use, first presented as papers at a 1996 conference held at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston (where both editors are curators). The essays move beyond stylistic questions to situate the works contextually, with topics that include popular songs and literature as a source of iconography, the implications of etiquette in the social uses and decoration of small hollowware, the history of chocolate and chocolate pots in colonial society, the theological circumstances behind a gift of church silver in early 19th-century Northampton, and several papers on colonial silversmiths, including Paul Revere. Distributed by the U. Press of Virginia. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Jeannine Falino is the Carolyn and Peter Lynch Curator of Decorative Arts and Sculpture, Art of the Americas, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Gerald W. R. Ward is the Katharine Lane Weems Curator of Decorative Arts and Sculpture, Art of the Americas, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Introduction
The Complexity of Silver 1
Chasers, the Chase, and Other Scenes on Boston Rococo-Style Silver 19
Colonial New England Silver Snuff, Tobacco, and Patch Boxes: Indices of Gentility 44
The Silver Chocolate Pots of Colonial Boston 61
"We owe something more than prayers": Elizabeth Porter Phelps's Gift of Church Silver and Her Quest for Christian Fellowship 91
Continuity and Change in New England Church Silver and Communion Practices, 1790-1840 113
Paul Revere and 1768: His Portrait and the Liberty Bowl 135
"The Pride Which Pervades thro every Class": The Customers of Paul Revere 152
"Ancient and Valuable Gifts": Silver at Colonial Harvard 183
Glistening Reflections of Stability: The Roles of Silver in Early Maine 213
"An influential and useful man": Samuel Bartlett of Concord, Massachusetts 246
Index 267
Notes on Contributors 281
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