Vase

Object Number: 
1951.71ab
Date: 
1828
Medium: 
Silver
Dimensions: 
Overall: 11 1/4 × 17 5/8 × 15 1/2 in., 137 oz (troy) 17.9 dwt (28.6 × 44.8 × 39.4 cm, 4289 g)
Marks: 
engraved: on the front: "To/ Henry Eckford/ from his/ Fellow Citizens" in script engraved: on the reverse: "New York/ 2nd July 1828" in script stamped: on the footring: "B. GARDINER" in a serrated rectangle and three pseudohallmarks: a bust in an oval
Description: 
Wrought silver covered urn in the Empire style; urn-shaped body with a squat globular lower body covered in repoussé chased acanthus decoration and a molded bead band around the joint; stepped to flaring upper body with repoussé chased laurel garlands on each side; engraved inside the garland on the front, "To/ Henry Eckford/ from his/ Fellow Citizens" in script; engraved in the laurel garland on the reverse: "New York/ 2nd July 1828" in script; applied egg and dart rim; two cast scroll handles with acanthus ornament and reeding applied to the upper body with acanthus and acorn joints and applied to the lower body with crowned Neptune masks; stepped and domed lid with a beaded border around the edge and interior bezel; repoussé chased acanthus decoration around the top of the lid and surmounted by a cast cauliflower finial; urn seated on a domed pedestal foot with a beaded midband and repoussé chased acanthus band around the dome; maker's mark stamped on the footring.
Gallery Label: 
In 1828, silver retailer Baldwin Gardiner secured two noteworthy commissions for presentation vases. Both orders came from committees of distinguished civic leaders who had resolved to honor a public figure for demonstration of high moral integrity. Ironically, the vases were intended for men on opposing sides of one of the most notorious and bitterly contested trials of the decade. This vase was presented by citizens of New York to shipbuilder Henry Eckford (1775-1832) shortly after the conclusion of the "conspiracy trials" in which he and several others were indicted by a grand jury for conspiracy to defraud public companies. On July 2, 1828, a huge crowd of citizens gathered at the Broadway House "to unite in a testimony of respect for their injured and esteemed fellow citizen, Mr. Henry Eckford." The other vase went to New York City District Attorney Hugh Maxwell (1787-1873), who led the charge against Eckford.
Credit Line: 
Gift of the Family of Henry Eckford, through Miss Elizabeth I. Richardson
Provenance: 
Henry Eckford (1775-1832), who married Marion Bedell (1776-1840); to their daughter Janet Eckford (1802-1854), who married Dr. James E. de Kay (1792-1851); to their son James de Kay (1834-1925), who married Laura Tompkins (1836-1908); to their daughter Elizabeth Ellen de Kay (1872-1948), who married James Richardson (1861-1921); to their daughter Elizabeth I. Richardson (1904-2000), the donor.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group