Wine cup

Standing cup

1801–15
Thomas Knox Emery (1781–1815)


Object Place: Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Dimensions

Overall: 15 x 10.4 cm, 0.24 kg (5 7/8 x 4 1/8 in., 0.53 lb.)

Accession Number

1980.492

Medium or Technique

Silver

Not On View

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Silver hollowware

The vessel has a raised V-shaped bowl, a wide flaring lip, a small stem, and a round stepped base.


The unmarked communion cup is similar in size, form, and fabrication to its marked mate, which suggests that Thomas Knox Emery was the maker of both. During his fifteen-year career, Emery produced hollowware and flatware in a plain, early Federal style, as seen in these examples. The relatively modest stature of the wine cups is in keeping with those made by Emery’s contemporaries. They are small compared to robust cups produced in the seventeenth century by Hull and Sanderson (cat. no. 71).

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

None.

Markings

"T. Emery" stamped inside foot ring, within a shaped cartouche.
Ada Mark * F4127

Provenance

First Parish Church in Medfield, about 1801-1815; made a gift to the Museum in 1980.

Credit Line

Gift of the First Church Parish, Unitarian, Medfield, in memory of Virginia Hagberg McQuillan