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    Sale 2132

    Important American Silver

    23 January 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 95

    AN IMPORTANT SILVER SOUP LADLE OWNED BY PAUL AND RACHEL REVERE

    MARK OF PAUL REVERE, BOSTON, CIRCA 1780

    Price Realised  

    AN IMPORTANT SILVER SOUP LADLE OWNED BY PAUL AND RACHEL REVERE
    MARK OF PAUL REVERE, BOSTON, CIRCA 1780
    Old English pattern, the bowl with double join, the handle engraved with an oval cartouche above a garland and centering the monogram PRR, marked on reverse with Kane mark B
    12 in. long; 4 oz.


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    This ladle is one of three known surviving pieces made for Paul and Rachel Revere for their personal use. The other two pieces both descended in the Revere family to Pauline Revere Thayer and are now in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. One is a silver porringer, unmarked but attributed to Revere and engraved with an identical monogram PRR to that on this ladle. The other piece is a gold frame for a portrait miniature of Rachel Revere (illustrated here).

    Both the present ladle and the identically-engraved porringer are listed in the inventory of Paul Revere's personal estate, dated June 18, 1818 (illustrated here).

    A related Revere ladle with similar garland engraving is illustrated in Kathryn C. Buhler, American Silver 1655-1825 in the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, 1972, p. 417, fig. 366. Another Revere soup ladle sold in these Rooms, 18-19 January 2001, lot 338.

    Provenance

    FIRESTONE & PARSON


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY ACQUIRED FROM A RECEIVERSHIP


    Post Lot Text

    Caption:
    Paul Revere, 1768
    John Singleton Copley, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Photograph
    (c) [2009] Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

    Caption:
    Paul Revere, Inventory of silver inventory, upon his death in 1818, listing one silver ladle
    Courtesy, Suffolk County Probate

    Caption:
    Paul and Rachel Revere monogram

    Caption:
    Rachel Revere, circa 1784
    attributed to Joseph Dunkerly
    Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Photograph
    (c) [2009] Museum of Fine Arts, Boston