Overall: 1 1/4 x 9 3/8 in. ( 3.2 x 23.8 cm ) Silver Weight: 16 oz (troy) 7 dwt (509 g)
engraved: in the center: "A B" in gothic script beneath a helmet surmounted by two wings addorsed, the Beekman family crest engraved: on the base, "A * P" in block letters and "L/ D A" in block letters stamped: on the base: twice, "OPDP" in roman lette
Silver salver; raised, circular dish with applied, cast scrolled edge and an applied, cast scroll and shell rim; three cast scroll feet applied to the base; engraved in the center, "A B" in gothic script beneath a helmet surmounted by two wings addorsed, the Beekman family crest; engraved on the base, "A * P" in block letters and "L/ D A" in block letters; maker's mark stamped twice on the base.
This waiter was made by the New York City immigrant silversmith Otto Phillip Daniel [de] Parisien, who is known through only a small number of extant objects of high quality. Born in Berlin, Otto Parisien settled in New York by 1758 and was naturalized on January 18, 1763. His first advertisement, announcing him as "Gold-smith, from Berlin," appeared in the New-York Gazette two months later, and he continued to advertise "large Plate" and jewelry until 1792. Despite Parisien's European training, most likely in Berlin, his silver gives no hint of his Continental origins. Like much of his surviving work, this waiter, with its scalloped border and cast molding of shells and scrolls, is purely English in style and draws heavily on London prototypes.
Gift of the Pintard Fellows
Made for Anneke Provost (b. 1724), who married Dirck Lefferts (1719- 1799); to his daughter Sarah Lefferts (b. 1756), who married James J. Beekman (1744-1796); to their daughter Anna Beekman (b. 1784), who married John Finlay; descent uncertain; purchased from Parke-Bernet, New York, Americana sale, November 19, 1976, lot 603.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.