Bottle stands (pair)

Bottle stands (pair)
Bottle stands (pair)
Bottle stands (pair)
Title
Bottle stands (pair)
Date 
1770-1776
Medium 
Silver, wood, linen
Dimensions 
each overall: 5 1/16 x 2 1/8 in. (12.9 x 5.4 cm) Silver Weight: 6 oz (troy) 11.8 dwt (205 g) Silver Weight: 6 oz (troy
Description 
Pair of wrought silver bottle stands with turned wooden bases; circular wooden coasters with three double circles inscribed on the tops; wooden bases covered with natural linen; bases set into circular silver rings with applied rope bands; the sides of the coaster are formed from three identical piercework pieces applied to the lower ring; gadrooned bands applied to the waved tops of the sides; the centers of a single piercework piece on each coaster are filled in forming a shield shaped reserve; reserve engraved with the Schuyler family crest, a falcon on fess; maker's marks stamped on the underside of the reserves.
Credit Line 
Bequest of Major Philip Schuyler
Object Number 
1915.18ab
Marks 
stamped: on the undersides of the reserves: "Myers" in script conforming
Gallery Label 
These intricate bottle stands, intended to hold glass decanters or wine bottles, were used on the dining table of Philip Schuyler (1733-1804), one of the wealthiest landowners in the Hudson Valley. The delicate openwork on the stands was achieved through the demanding technique of piercing, in which files and fretsaws were used to cut away the silver. This highly specialized handwork required extensive training, which was not available in colonial America. Indeed, the skilled saw-piercing was probably executed by an immigrant craftsman employed in Myers's workshop. The fine quality of the pierced work and the stands' close similarity to marked London examples also raises the possibility that Myers could have imported the bottle stands and marked them with his own stamp.
Provenance 
Philip Schuyler (1733-1804), who married Catherine Van Rensselaer (1734-1803); probably to their son Philip Jeremiah (1768-1835), who married (2nd) Mary Anna Sawyer (1781-1852); to their son George Lee Schuyler (1811-1890), who married Eliza Hamilton (1811-1863); to their son Philip Schuyler (1836-1906), the donor.
Bibliography 
Hofer, Margaret K. "Seventeenth-and eighteenth-century family silver." The Magazine Antiques 167 (2005): 156-160.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group