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


Derived from Dutch, Scandinavian, and English sources, brandywine bowls were used on festive occasions such as the kindermaal, when women gathered to welcome a newborn child. Following Dutch custom, a bowl would be filled with raisins and brandy and passed from guest to guest. Here, boldly chased tulips create a sumptuous effect. The bowl belonged to Theunis Jacobsen Quick, a wealthy baker, and his wife, Vroutje Janse Haring.