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Bobeche

Maker:
Myer Myers (1723–1795)
Date:
1755–60
Geography:
Made in New York, New York, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Silver
Dimensions:
Dimensions unavailable
Classification:
Silver
Credit Line:
Sansbury-Mills Fund, 1977
Accession Number:
1977.88
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 750
This bobeche matches the one belonging to Myer Myers candlestick (1972.3.1a,b and .2). Engraved inscriptions reveal that these candlesticks, originally from a set of four, were a gift to Catherine Livingston from her maternal grandparents, Pieter and Sarah Van Brugh. They were probably made around 1759, when Catherine married the wealthy merchant John Lawrence. Only the most prosperous Americans could afford silver candlesticks such as these, which appear to have been cast from an English model.
Marking: marked on nozzle: MM (in rectangle)
Charles Andrew Golden, Megett, SC; sold to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1977.
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