Two-handled Bowl

Maker: Cornelius Kierstede (1674–ca. 1757)

Date: 1700–1710

Geography: Made in New York, New York, United States

Culture: American

Medium: Silver

Dimensions: Overall: 5 3/8 x 13 13/16 in. (13.7 x 35.1 cm); 25 oz. 19 dwt. (806.9 g)
Lip: Diam. 9 11/16 in. (24.6 cm)
Foot: Diam. 4 13/16 in. (12.2 cm)

Classification: Silver

Credit Line: Samuel D. Lee Fund, 1938

Accession Number: 38.63

Description

Two-handled bowls chased into six equal panels are a form peculiar to early New York silver. They derive stylistically from Dutch, Scandinavian, and English sources, with deeper roots in Italian Renaissance design. Brandewijnskom, or brandywine bowls, were used ceremonially at weddings, funerals, and particularly at the kindermaal, where women gathered with their neighbors to welcome a newborn child. Filled with raisins and brandy, the bowl circulated among the assembled guests, who served themselves with a silver spoon. The initials engraved near the rim of this bowl are those of Theunis Jacobsen Quick, a baker, and his wife Vroutje Janse Haring, who were married in 1689. New York's monopoly at that time on the inspecting, bolting, and exporting of flour would have made baking a lucrative profession.

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