Benjamin Halsted American

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 704

Table centerpieces constructed of silver and mirrored glass were rarely made in America; only three are known today, one of which is in the American Wing’s collection (see 1993.167). This octagonal example marked by the New York silversmith Benjamin Halsted displays the clean, spare lines of Neoclassical design. Its eight cast feet are soldered to a sheet copper base, onto which are pinned engraved silver borders and a simple inner molding that secures the mirrored expanse. The twisted wire handles were added later to facilitate lifting and carrying.

Benjamin Halsted is best known for his short-lived partnership with New York silversmith Myer Myers. Halsted's mark, which appears primarily on flatware, is seldom encountered on objects of this scale and sophistication. According to family tradition, the plateau was made for Daniel Crommelin Verplanck (1761-1834, see 49.12), eldest son of Judith Crommelin and Samuel Verplanck, whose household furnishings are exhibited in the Museum's Verplanck Room (Gallery 718).

Plateau, Benjamin Halsted (1734–1817), Silver and glass, American

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