Porringer

about 1760
Daniel Rogers (1735–1816)


Object Place: Ipswich, Massachusetts

Dimensions

5.5 x 21.5 cm (2 3/16 x 8 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

1991.670

Medium or Technique

Silver

Not On View

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Silver hollowware

The raised vessel, with center point, has a large domed base and tall convex sides rising to an everted rim. The keyhole handle is soldered to the rim at a slight angle, with tip extending upward. Several dents appear on the vessel wall.


Essex County silversmith Daniel Rogers produced a number of canns, a few creamers, and many spoons. Rogers’s specialty may have been gold beads, however, for surviving account books document his painstaking fabrication of these items for the regional silversmithing community. Among the purchasers were William Homes (1742 – 1825), Robert Evans (1768 – 1812), David Tyler (about 1760 – 1804), Isaac Townsend (1760 – 1812), Joseph Loring (1743 – 1815), Samuel Minott (1732 – 1803) of Boston, and Samuel Davis (1765 – 1839) of Plymouth.1 The Museum owns an engraved gold locket by Rogers, the only known marked example of his jewelry.
This keyhole-handled porringer is similar to another by Rogers in the Cleveland Museum of Art. Both share generously proportioned bowls and display an unusual lengthwise placement of the touchmark on top of the keyhole handle.

This text has been adapted from “Silver of the Americas, 1600-2000,” edited by Jeannine Falino and Gerald W.R. Ward, published in 2008 by the MFA. Complete references can be found in that publication.

Inscription

On porringer handle is engraved "I*H" in shaded roman letters [initials interpreted as facing bowl]

Markings

Stamped "D ROGERS" on top of handle, at right angles to body.

Provenance

Original owner unknown; the porringer descended in the family of the donor along with a pair of three-legged salts by Benjamin Burt (1991.671-72), believed to have descended in the Warren/Sumner families of Boston, Massachusetts.

Credit Line

Gift of Rosamond G. Heard