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Wine Cup

A work made of silver.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of silver.

Date:

c. 1660

Artist:

John Hull
American, born England, 1627–1683
Robert Sanderson
American, born England, c. 1608–1693
Boston

About this artwork

This wine cup is among the earliest and rarest examples of colonial American silver, made in the Massachusetts Bay Colony around 1660 by John Hull and Robert Sanderson. Born in England and raised in Boston, Hull was appointed mintmaster for the Colony in 1652, partnering then with Sanderson. The cup’s restrained style and lack of ornamentation express the Puritan values of early settlers. Commissioned by William Needham, later sexton of Old South Church in Boston, the vessel was used domestically—a decidedly uncommon possession even for an established family of the time. An inscription was added to the cup when Needham donated it to Braintree Church in 1688.

Status

On View, Gallery 165

Department

Arts of the Americas

Artist

John Hull

Title

Wine Cup

Origin

Boston

Date

c. 1660

Medium

Silver

Inscriptions

Engraved on body: The Gift of William Needham to Brantry Church, 1688 Scratched on bottom: 10-17 Marked at rim: IH and RS

Dimensions

17.2 × 9.2 × 9.4 cm (6 3/4 × 3 5/8 × 3 11/16 in.)

Credit Line

Purchased with funds provided by the Antiquarian Society; Mary Swissler Oldberg Memorial Fund; purchased with funds provided by Samuel Mencoff and Jamee J. and Marshall Field; Mary Swissler Oldberg Fund; purchased with funds provided by Marilynn Thoma, Mrs. Herbert A. Vance, Erica C. Meyer, the National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in the State of Illinois, and Jan and Tom Pavlovic

Reference Number

2014.995

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