Beehive-shaped bank

1798


Object Place: New London County, Connecticut

Dimensions

11.43 x 10.16 x 10.16 cm (4 1/2 x 4 x 4 in.)

Accession Number

1981.49

Medium or Technique

Salt-glazed stoneware with cobalt-blue inscription

On View

Lurie-Marks Gallery (Gallery 138)

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Stoneware

A small, beehive shaped bank with stud finial and incised inscription around body; damaged around coin slot when money was removed.

Inscription

Inscribed in cobalt blue script around body of object: "Richard Willimas / Mind and Save your Silver Money so that you can be a Man / Be comming / New London, Jun 9th 1798"

Provenance

early history unknown; possibly owned by a member of the Williams family of New London County, Connecticut; Christie's, Fine American Furniture . . ., (December 12, 1980), lot 428; purchased by MFA from The Stradlings, 1225 Park Avenue, New York 10018, in 1981.

Credit Line

Harriet Otis Cruft Fund