Porringer

about 1730
Bartholomew Schaats (about 1670–1758)


Object Place: New York, New York

Dimensions

5.3 x 20 cm (2 1/16 x 7 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

1975.350

Medium or Technique

Silver

Not On View

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Silver hollowware

The deep raised vessel, with central boss and stepped bottom, has convex sides and a tall everted rim. The geometric handle with circles, tablets, and a heart at its center is soldered at right angles to the rim.


Married in 1706 and made a freeman of the city of New York by 1708, Bartholomew Schaats enjoyed a long career as a silversmith. He produced numerous tankards, spoons, and porringers and fashioned more ambitious forms such as candlesticks, a salver, a two-handled bowl, a caster, and a teapot. Schaats supplemented his trade by subletting the docks and slips of New York between 1740 and 1746 as well as stalls in the city marketplaces in 1747. He served as collector of the East Ward between 1737 and 1745.
Of his known porringers, one has an early tripartite handle, and another bears an intricate “flowered” form popular in eighteenth-century New York. This example, its handle pierced with circles, tablets, and hearts, echoes those made in New England in the early eighteenth century. It is identical to another porringer by Schaats that is engraved “T / E * E.” C. Louise Avery has pointed out that both Schaats and Peter Van Dyck (1684 – 1751) made porringers with this type of 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 handle facing bowl, "N / M * P" in shaded roman letters.

Markings

On bottom of bowl, below center point, "B [pellet] S" over a stylized leaf appears within a heart-shaped device.

Provenance

Original owner unknown. According to family history, the porringer passed through the Peltz, Nexson, and Bogart families of New York, by descent to Frederick Grinnell Morgan (b. 1866); to his niece May Lefferts Morgan (Mrs. Thomas Prince Beal) (1899 – 1980).

Names roughly corresponding to these initials and dates are Mary or Margaret Peltz (1750-1795) of TOWN__________________, who in 1775 married William Nexson (1710-1744?) of TOWN ______________; to their daughter Margaret Peltz Nexson (1771-1839), who in 1795 married Gerrit Bogaert (1770-1820) of Albany, and Aurora, New York; to their son, William Henry Bogart (1810-1888), who married Jane Haswell Root (____-____) in 1834; to their daughter Margaret Bogart (1836-1895), who married Henry Augustus Morgan (____-____) in 1864; to their son, Frederick Gerrit Morgan (____-____); to his niece, the donor: May Lefferts Morgan (1899-____) of New Rochelle (??), who married Thomas Prince Beal (____-____) in 1921.

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Thomas P. Beal