Salver

Object Number: 
1974.5
Date: 
ca. 1700
Medium: 
Silver
Dimensions: 
Overall: 3 x 10 3/4 in. ( 7.6 x 27.3 cm ) Silver Weight: 18 oz (troy) 16 dwt (585 g)
Marks: 
Inscription: engraved on the underside of the dish: "S/ I * E" in block letters Description: Initials relate to Johannes and Elizabewth Staats Wendel [?] Schuyler, who were married in 1695 and were the reported initial owners of the salver. handwritten:
Description: 
Wrought silver salver; flat, circular dish with a raised edge and gadrooned rim; on an applied, trumpet foot with a band of gadrooning above the base, an engraved band of semi-circles above the gadrooning and a ring of punched ovals and circles above the engraving; Schuyler family crest engraved in the center of the dish, shield with a clothed cubit arm issuing from the right, with a pointed index finger holding a falcon, shield surmounted by an armor helmet with a falcon seated atop, all surrounded by foliate scrolls; engraved on the underside of the dish, "S/ I * E" in block letters.
Gallery Label: 
By the late seventeenth century, salvers such as this, with a trumpet-shaped foot, had become a trendy English form. The face of this salver is prominently engraved with the Schuyler coat of arms surrounded by luxurious Baroque mantling, and the underside bears the engraved initials of Johannes (1668-1747) and Elizabeth Schuyler (ca. 1658-1737). The lightweight and inherently unstable salver has suffered damage and intervention over its nearly three centuries of use. To provide more stability, a later owner filled the hollow foot with plaster of Paris. A shadow around the perimeter of the foot, where it joins the tray, suggests that the foot was at some point removed, possibly resized, and reattached. The engraved arms, though period, appear to have been enhanced to restore the legibility lost with many polishings.
Bibliography: 
Hofer, Margaret K. "Seventeenth-and eighteenth-century family silver." The Magazine Antiques 167 (2005): 156-160.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mrs. Nathaniel McLean Sage
Provenance: 
Johannes Schuyler (1668-1747) and Elizabeth (Elsie) Staats Wendell (ca. 1658-1737); to their son Johannes Schuyler (1697-1741), who married Cornelia Van Cortlandt (1698-1762); to their son Philip Schuyler (1733-1804), who married Catherine Van Rensselaer (1734-1803); to their son John Bradstreet Schuyler (1765-1795), who married Elizabeth Van Rensselaer (1768-1841); to their son Philip Schuyler (1788-1865), who married Grace Hunter (1790-1828); to their daughter Ruth Schuyler (ca. 1812-1901), who married Thomas W. Ogden (1810-1901); to their nephew Alfred Francis de Luze (b. 1827), who married Mary C. Kortright (ca. 1830-1908); to their daughter Sarah Alice de Luze (ca. 1857-1892), who married Arthur M. Foley (ca. 1847-1895); to their daughter Lucille de Luze Foley (1889-1973); bequeathed by Foley to her cousin Charlotte Simonds Sage (1889-1981), the donor.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group