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Vase with Stand

Thomas Fletcher, American, 1787 - 1866. Retailed by Baldwin Gardiner, American, 1791 - 1869, active Philadelphia 1814-17, New York 1827-46.

Made in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, North and Central America



24 3/16 x 20 1/2 x 17 3/4 x 16 1/8 inches (61.4 x 52.1 x 45.1 x 41 cm)

Curatorial Department:
American Art

Object Location:

Currently not on view

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Credit Line:
Purchased with funds from the bequest of Lynford Lardner Starr, 2010

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This vase was presented to New York City District Attorney Hugh Maxwell (1787-1873) by merchants grateful for his prosecution of corrupt directors of the New York Stock Exchange. Charged with this commission, retailer Baldwin Gardiner secretly contacted Philadelphia silversmith Thomas Fletcher: "None of the silversmiths here know that I have the order, as several of them would drop the hammer for me if they knew that I sent to Philad[elphia]." Fletcher responded with one of the largest and most spectacular statements of the Classical Revival style in American silver.