Punch Bowl

Adrian Bancker American

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 704

Punch, a heady concoction of spirits, water, citrus, sugar, and spices, was especially fashionable in England, where trade with the West Indies ensured ample supplies of rum, sugar, and spices. The beverage enjoyed considerable popularity in the American colonies as well. This punch bowl reflects a keen awareness of contemporary English silver, particularly in its engraved symmetrical cartouche of shells and foliate vines. As noted in the inscription, it was made for prominent New York merchant Christopher Bancker (1695–1763) as a gift from the heirs of John Roosevelt (1689–1750), to whom the Bancker family was related by marriage. Bancker was also the older brother of Adrian Bancker, the silversmith commissioned to make the bowl.

Punch Bowl, Adrian Bancker (1703–1772), Silver, American

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