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Baptismal Basin

A work made of silver.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of silver.

Date:

c. 1756

Artist:

Samuel Edwards
American, 1705–1762
Boston

About this artwork

Baptismal basins, which were traditional European forms, were introduced into America in the early 18th century. The form was impervious to the stylistic changes of the century. Although this basin was crafted in 1755, the plain style, with its broad rim and thin banding around the edge, evokes designs of the earlier part of the century.

Status

On View, Gallery 166

Department

Arts of the Americas

Artist

Samuel Edwards

Title

Baptismal Basin

Place

Boston (Object made in)

Date

c. 1756

Medium

Silver

Inscriptions

Marked center of interior of bowl, under a crown and above a device in shaped shield: S . E Engraved around rim of basin: The Bequest of Mr. John Willis to the Church of Christ in Medford 1755

Dimensions

Diam. 7.5 × 30.1 cm (2 15/16 × 12 1/16 in.); 884.7 g

Credit Line

J. Peter McCormick Fund

Reference Number

1988.445

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