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Goblet

Maker:
Robert and William Wilson (active ca. 1825–ca.1846)
Date:
ca. 1845
Geography:
Made in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Silver
Dimensions:
Overall: 6 9/16 in. (16.7 cm); 4 oz. 16 dwt. (149.7 g) Lip: Diam. 3 3/8 in. (8.6 cm) Foot: Diam. 2 13/16 in. (7.1 cm)
Classification:
Silver
Credit Line:
Gift of George H. Hull, 1970
Accession Number:
1970.200.3
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 705
This goblet, one of a pair (1970.200.4), and a matching pitcher (1970.200.2) are decorated with a grapevine motif chased in repoussé and ruffled leaves that recall eighteenth-century rococo ornament. The set originally belonged to the donor’s grandmother Grizelda Gilchrist Polk, who married Russell Houston, chief attorney for the Louisville-Nashville Railroad. Her monogram, "GGH," is engraved on the front of the pitcher. The goblets are inscribed to two other members of the Polk-Houston family.
Inscription: engraved on body in script: Allen Polk Houston / From his Aunt / Mary A Polk
Grizelda Gilchrist Polk Houston; her grandson, George H. Hull, Short Hills, New Jersey, until 1970
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