The porringer–a forerunner of the modern bowl–was a popular form in 18th-century American silver. This porringer was made by John Coney, who is considered among the most significant silversmiths in early 18th-century Boston. Coney can be considered the “artistic grandfather” of Paul Revere, since he taught Revere’s father, Apollos Rivoire, the silversmith’s art. Comparable examples of Coney’s work can be found in the Yale University Art Gallery and the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. Coney was known for his skilled engraving and is responsible for engraving the plates for printing some of Massachusetts’s earliest currency, as well as designing the seal of Harvard College.
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- Titles Porringer (Descriptive)
- Artist John Coney, American, Boston, 1656-1722
- Medium silver
- Dimensions 2 1/8 × 8 1/16 × 5 3/4 in. (5.4 × 20.5 × 14.6 cm)
- Credit Line Museum purchase with funds provided by the Friends of American Art, 2009.16
- Work Type porringer
- Classification Containers
- On View
- Signature Marked close to the handle below the lip with the maker's mark of his initials IC and running rabbit below
- Marks Marked close to the handle below the lip with the maker's mark of his initials IC and running rabbit below
- Inscription Engraved on the handle away from the bowl the initials R over I * H
- Provenance Ex private collection; with CRN Auctions, Inc., Cambridge, MA (American and European sale, lot 164); with Firestone and Parson, Inc., Boston; ex private collection, Concord, MA; with Firestone and Parson, Inc., Boston; purchased by the Birmingham Museum of Art, 2009