Tray

Object Number: 
1957.191b
Date: 
ca. 1830
Medium: 
Silver
Dimensions: 
Overall: 1 3/8 x 24 3/8 x 14 5/8 in. ( 3.5 x 61.9 x 37.1 cm ) Silver Weight: 78 oz (troy) 6 dwt (2436 g)
Marks: 
engraved: center: "SA" in script, below the Arden family arms, five ostrich feathers engraved: on the base: "Oz dwts/ 80 5" stamped: on the base: "J & I. COX" in roman letters in a rectangle above "N-YORK" in roman letters in a rectangle
Description: 
Wrought silver tray; flat, chamfered, rectangular base with raised, convex sides and an applied, cast reeded band around the rim; two cast corkscrew handles with curved grips applied to opposite sides; sides outlined with wheel turned decoration; three bands of punched and engraved semi-circles with foliate motifs in their centers around the edges of the tray; "SA" engraved in script in the center, below the Arden family arms, five ostrich feathers; makers' marks stamped on the base.
Gallery Label: 
This tray is part of a set of three that belonged to Susan Arden (1766-1849), the daughter of New York merchant Thomas Arden (1721-1798. The set is boldly engraved with Arden's initials and family crest. With their oversized monogram, the trays conveyed a strong statement of power and wealth, particularly for a woman of the period (and, not inconsequentially, one who was unmarried). This sumptuous set of three trays, in graduated sizes, required more than 283 ounces of silver.
Credit Line: 
Bequest of John B. Morris, Jr.
Provenance: 
Susan Arden (1766-1849); probably bequeathed to her niece, Mary Elizabeth Babcock (1808-1851), who married William Lewis Morris (1805-1864); to their son John Babcock Morris (b. 1839), who married Mary E. Faitoute (b. 1845); to their son, John Babcock Morris, Jr. (1881-1957), the donor.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group