In the eighteenth century, Boston was the center of colonial silver production. Four major families dominated the city’s silver trade: Edwards, Revere, Burt, and Hurd. According to the colonial silver expert Patricia Kane, “Jacob Hurd was the most talented and prolific of all Boston silversmiths who made silver objects in the late baroque style. He made more than 50 percent of the surviving silver produced by Boston silversmiths of his generation.” This elegant teapot, bearing the coat-of-arms of the Gardiner family, is a fine example of Jacob Hurd’s craftsmanship and his skill as an engraver. After his death in 1758, the elder Hurd’s work was carried on by his sons, Nathaniel (1729-1777) and Benjamin (1739-1781).
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- Titles Teapot (Descriptive)
- Artist Jacob Hurd, American, Boston, Massachusetts, 1702 - 1758
- Medium silver and fruitwood
- Dimensions 5 3/16 × 9 3/4 × 3 3/8 in. (13.2 × 24.8 × 8.6 cm)
- Credit Line Collection of the Art Fund, Inc. at the Birmingham Museum of Art; Purchase with funds provided by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Alabama-Mississippi Chapter, and the Art Fund, Inc., in honor of Mr. Thomas N. Carruthers, Jr., the 2008 Legacy of Leadership Recipient, AFI.9.2009
- Work Type teapot
- Classification Containers
- On View
- Signature Unsigned
- Marks On the underside marked with the maker's mark HURD in a rectangle twice
- Inscription Engraved on one side with the arms of the Gardiner family, a branch of the Gardiner's Island, NY Gardiners in Boston. On the other with the date (pricked) of 1746, which is not contemporary to the teapot.
- Provenance Sold Sotheby's, New York, New York, January 1999; with Firestone and Parson, Inc., Boston, Massachusetts; ex private collection, Concord, Massachusetts; with Firestone and Parson, Inc., Boston, Massachusetts; purchased by the The Art Fund, Inc. at the Birmingham Museum of Art, 2009