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Communion Dish

Maker:
Samuel Minott (1732–1803)
Date:
ca. 1764
Geography:
Made in Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Silver
Dimensions:
1 5/16 x 13 in. (3.3 x 33 cm); 24 oz. 5 dwt. (753.5 g)
Classification:
Silver
Credit Line:
Bequest of Alphonso T. Clearwater, 1933
Accession Number:
33.120.235
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 750
This dish is one of six—three marked by John Coburn and three by Minott—that are thought to have been purchased with Thomas Hancock’s bequest of one hundred pounds to the Brattle Street Church in Boston. Hancock was a wealthy Boston bookseller and an uncle of John Hancock, the first signer of the Declaration of Independence. The arms engraved on the rim of the dish within an exuberant, asymmetrical Rococo cartouche, are those of the Hancock family.
Inscription: engraved on rim: [arms and crest of Hancock]
engraved on rim in script: The Gift of the Hon;[superscript "ble"] THOMAS HANCOCK ESQ[superscript "R" over ,,] to the CHURCH in Brattle Street Boston 1764. [note that words in all capitals are shaded roman]
engraved on underside: oz wt / 2=5=1=

Marking: marked on underside in script: Minott (in rectangle)
Brattle Street Church, Boston; Francis Hill Bigelow, Cambridge, Massachusetts, by 1912; sold to Alphonso T. Clearwater, Kingston, New York, December 1912; bequest to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1933.
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