Adrian Bancker American

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 704

Early American candlesticks are extraordinarily rare; typically candlesticks that graced colonial American homes were imported from England or the Continent. For these, Adrian Bancker, a New York silversmith of Dutch descent, chose a traditional English form, yet their construction and appearance are unmistakably colonial North American. Although Bancker’s known oeuvre is small, the Met owns a significant collection of his silver, including a tankard (24.109.4), beaker (33.120.104), porringer (33.120.326), cream pot (44.88), punch bowl (48.15) and set of casters (1972.233.1–.3).

Candlestick, Adrian Bancker (1703–1772), Silver, American

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