Porringer

about 1805–15
Thomas Knox Emery (1781–1815)


Object Place: Boston, Massachusetts

Dimensions

5.2 x 21 cm (2 1/16 x 8 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

32.385

Medium or Technique

Silver

Not On View

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Silver hollowware

A raised keyhole-handled porringer of standard form, with convex sides, domed bottom with center punch, everted rim, and applied cast handle.


Along with Thomas Bentley (1764 – 1804) and Robert Dawes (b. 1767), who preceded him, Thomas Knox Emery was probably the last silversmith to apprentice in the large shop run by his father, Stephen (1749 – 1801). Thomas began working independently about the time of his father’s death, with the likely inheritance of the “sundry Shop tools & Utensils” valued at $30 that was listed in his father’s inventory. The mark he employed — that of his first initial and full surname within a shaped cartouche — resembles the one used by his father.

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

Engraved "EW" in sprigged entwined script on front of bowl.

Markings

Ada Mark * F4721 "T. Emery" in cartouche on underside of handle.

Provenance

Early history unknown; bequeathed to the Museum in1932 by the noted Boston collector Charles Hitchcock Tyler.

Credit Line

Bequest of Charles Hitchcock Tyler