About This Artwork

Jeremiah Dummer
American, 1645–1718
Boston, Massachusetts

Tankard, c. 1705

15 x 10.2 x 17.8 cm (6 x 4 5/8 x 7 1/4 in.); 687.6 grams
Handle engraved in Roman capitals:"B / IE"
Maker's mark on lid and on body in Roman capitals: "ID" in a heart with a star below

Restricted gift of the Antiquarian Society through the Mr. and Mrs. William Y. Hutchinson Fund, 1985.780

Jeremiah Dummer was an apprentice to Boston silversmiths John Hull and Robert Sanderson, and in turn he taught the trade to Edward Winslow. This tankard is one of a small group made by Dummer that employs cut-card decoration. The designs on the rear of the tankard and the top of the lid were cut from a thin card of silver and applied to the surface of the tankard with liquid silver or solder.

— Permanent collection label

Exhibition, Publication and Ownership Histories

Exhibition History

Art Institute of Chicago, "A Decade of Decorative Arts: the Antiquarian Society of the Art Institute of Chicago," November 12, 1986-January 4, 1987.

Publication History

The Art Institute of Chicago Annual Report, 1985–1986 (Art Institute of Chicago, 1986), p. 20, fig. 6.

Patricia Kane, "Colonial Massachusetts Silversmiths and Jewelers" (Yale University Press, 1998) p. 395.

Judith A. Barter et al., American Arts at The Art Institute of Chicago: From Colonial Times to World War I (Art Institute of Chicago, 1998), pp. 54-56, no. 6 (ill.).

Judith A. Barter, Elizabeth McGoey, et al, "American Silver in the Art Institute of Chicago" (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2016) cat. 5 (ill.).

Ownership History

Firestone and Parson Jewelers, Ritz–Carlton Hotel, Boston, by 1985; sold to the Art Institute, 1985.

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