Samuel Burt, maker of this simple yet graceful cann—a cup with a low foot-ring and bulbous body—was the son of the silversmith John Burt (1692/3-1745). Because he died at the age of thirty, examples of his work are relatively scarce: approximately forty pieces survive. The family trade was shared by his brothers William (1726-1751) and Benjamin (1729-1805). Of the Burts, the art historian John Marshall Phillips once remarked, “As a family the Burts were a dull lot but very good silversmiths.”
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- Titles Cann, or Mug (Descriptive)
- Artist Samuel Burt, American, Boston, Massachusetts, 1724 - 1754
- Medium silver
- Dimensions 5 1/8 × 5 3/4 × 3 5/8 in. (13 × 14.6 × 9.2 cm)
- Credit Line Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Charles Crow, Jr., 1991.1104
- Work Type cann, or mug
- Classification Containers
- On View
- Signature Marked on either side of the handle below the lip: Samuel Burt
- Marks Marked on either side of the handle below the lip: Samuel Burt
- Inscription Inscribed with a monogram on one side AS in script over L and on the handle S over A*A
- Provenance Dr. Charles Brandon Crow, Jr. (1922-2002) and his wife Catherine Carey Crow (1923-2014), Birmingham, Alabama, prior to 1977; gift to the Birmingham Museum of Art in 1991