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.

On View

American Art, Gallery 165

Artist

John Hull

Title

Wine Cup

Origin

United States

Date

1655–1665

Medium

Silver

Inscriptions

Inscribed: The Gift of William Needham to Brantry Church, 1688 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

Restricted gift of the Antiquarian Society; Mary Swissler Oldberg Memorial Fund; restricted gifts of Samuel Mencoff and of Jamee J. and Marshall Field; Mary Swissler Oldberg Fund; restricted gifts of Marilynn Thoma, Mrs. Herbert A. Vance, Erica C. Meyer, National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in the State of Illinois, and Jan and Tom Pavlovic

Reference Number

2014.995

Extended information about this artwork

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