about 1800
Joel Sayre (American, 1778–1818), Or John Sayre (American, 1771–1852)

Object Place: New York, New York, United States


20.7 x 13.5 x 7.5 cm (8 1/8 x 5 5/16 x 2 15/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique


Not On View




Silver hollowware

The raised urn-shaped vessel has an elongated strap handle that rises above the spout and a round, splayed foot that, in turn, is soldered to a square plinth. Fine beading has been soldered to an applied rim and at base of a splayed foot ring. Bright-cut engraving of stylized foliage runs below the lip. A shield surrounding the monogram is surmounted by bowknot and swags; crossed palms with ribbon are below. Several dents appear on the body, to the left of the handle. The handle attachment at rim appears clumsy but is probably original.

This somewhat large creamer in the Neoclassical mode represents an addition to the forms in the collection by this New York maker(s).


Within a shield-shaped device, the entwined, sprigged initials "JGAR" are engraved below the spout, on the body of the creamer.


"I [pellet] SAYRE" within a rectangle is stamped on the side of the creamer's squared foot, below the spout.
Ada Mark * F4745


If one accepts the letters “GA” in the initials “JGAR” as those of one individual rather than two, then the family history of descent in the Read (or Reed) family may be correct. The first owners were probably John and Glorianna Reed (or Read), m. about 1790; by descent to the donors.

Credit Line

Gift of Virginia N. Holly and Ruth N. McKittrick