Cann(s)

Object Number: 
1950.342ab
Date: 
ca. 1750
Medium: 
Silver
Dimensions: 
each overall: 4 1/2 x 3 x 4 3/8 in. ( 11.4 x 7.6 x 11.1 cm )
Marks: 
Inscription: crest attributed to Bancker family engraved at center-front of both canns. Maker's mark: stamped in relief on bottom of both canns: "B R" conjoined in oval surround.
Description: 
Pair of wrought silver canns; baluster-shaped bodies on a circular molded feet; plain, molded bands applied around the rims; cast, s-scroll handles with plain thumbpieces, rat-tail lower terminuses; engraved on the front centers with the Bancker family crest, two expanded wings; maker's marks stamped on the bases.
Gallery Label: 
These canns are marked by Bartholomew Le Roux II, son of the noted silversmith Charles Le Roux and the third generation to follow the family trade. Their form adheres to a design formula popular in New York City at mid-century. Each cann bears the engraved crest of the Beekman or Bancker family, probably added in the nineteenth century. Although the original owner of the set is unknown, it was likely a Beekman. Interestingly, Le Roux's mother was Catharina Beekman (b. 1689), daughter of the wealthy landowner and physician Gerardus Beekman (1653-1723), and his kinship ties may have helped him secure the patronage of the family.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mrs. Waldron Phoenix Belknap, Sr.; The Waldron Phoenix Belknap, Jr. Collection
Provenance: 
Unknown prior to acquisition before 1948 by dealer Robert Ensko, New York City; by sale to Waldron Phoenix Belknap, Jr. (1899-1949), in 1948; inherited by his mother, Mrs. Waldron Phoenix Belknap, Sr. (1874-1959), the donor.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group