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Salts (pair)

Object Number: 
1911.54ab
Date: 
1758/59
Medium: 
Silver
Dimensions: 
each overall: 1 3/8 x 2 3/4 in. ( 3.5 x 7 cm ) Silver Weight: a) 1 oz (troy) 7 dwt (42 g) Silver Weight: b) 1 oz (tro
Marks: 
engraved: on the base of each: "B/ I * I" in block letters stamped: on the bases: "I * M" in a rectangle, a lion passant, leopard's head crowned in a shield, gothic "C" in a shield
Description: 
Pair of wrought silver salts; shallow, bowl-shaped bodies curved to applied, flared lips; three cabriole legs applied to each with molded pad junctures and molded pad feet; engraved on the base of each, "B/ I * I" in block letters; maker's marks stamped on the bases.
Gallery Label: 
This style of salt, featuring a shallow bowl supported by three or four incurved legs, was immensely popular during the mid-eighteenth century. Although versions were made throughout the colonies, imported London examples like these probably outnumbered American-made imitations. This pair of imported salts ornamented the dining table of the New York City dry goods merchant James Beekman (1732-1807) and his wife Jane Keteltas (1734-1817), who reportedly owned one of the most elegantly appointed homes in New York.
Credit Line: 
Bequest of Catherine Augusta De Peyster
Provenance: 
James Beekman (1732-1807) and Jane Keteltas Beekman (1734-1817); to their son John Beekman (1768-1843), who married Mary Elizabeth Goad Bedlow (1771-1848); to their daughter Mary Beekman (1800-1885), who married William Axtell De Peyster (1793-1856); to their daughter Catharine Augusta De Peyster (1835-1911), the donor.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group