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Basket

Maker:
Myer Myers (1723–1795)
Date:
1770–76
Geography:
Made in New York, New York, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Silver
Dimensions:
11 3/16 x 14 7/16 x 11 3/8 in. (28.4 x 36.7 x 28.9 cm); 41 oz. 5 dwt. (1282.7 g)
Classification:
Silver
Credit Line:
Morris K. Jesup Fund, 1954
Accession Number:
54.167
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 750
American baskets for bread, cake, or fruit are extremely rare. The monogram on the interior is for Susannah and Samuel Cornell. Myers made several objects for these wealthy patrons from New York and New Bern, North Carolina. According to the inscription on the underside of the basket, the Cornells later gave it to their daughter Hannah, who married Herman LeRoy on October 19, 1786.
Inscription: engraved at center of basket in interlaced script: SSC
engraved on underside in script: Wedding present given / Mrs. Herman Le Roy (Hannah Cornell) / 19[superscript "th" over ".."] October 1786

Marking: marked on underside of body near foot rim in script: Myers (in shaped surround)
Made for Samuel (1731–1781) and Susannah Mabson (d. 1778) Cornell, New York, NY and New Bern, NC; to their daughter, Hannah Cornell Le Roy (ca. 1760–1818); by descent to Stuyvesant Le Roy (b. 1865); to his cousin, Augusta McCagg (b. 1895)I; bought by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1954.
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