3244
3244
An American Silver Bowl, Samuel Casey, South Kingston, R.I., circa 1760
Estimate
12,00018,000
LOT SOLD. 23,750 USD
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3244
An American Silver Bowl, Samuel Casey, South Kingston, R.I., circa 1760
Estimate
12,00018,000
LOT SOLD. 23,750 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

The Iris Schwartz Collection of American Silver

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New York

An American Silver Bowl, Samuel Casey, South Kingston, R.I., circa 1760
circular with flaring rim, raised on molded spreading foot, base engraved with contemporary initials A*M
marked on base S:CASEY in rectangle
diameter 5 3/4 in.
14.6 cm
8oz
249g
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Provenance

Sold, Sotheby Parke Bernet, New York, 28, 30 June 1984, lot 77

Catalogue Note

Samuel Casey was born in Newport, RI in 1723 or 1724, and became a freeman in Exeter RI; he moved to Little Rest (now South Kingston) by 1750, where he is described as silversmith and merchant.  In September 1764 his house and shop were destroyed  by a fire which spread from the forge.  Frequently in debt after this disaster, in 1770 he was imprisoned  for counterfeiting coins and sentenced to death by hanging.  A mob with blackened faces attacked the jail and freed the prisoners.  Casey went into hiding, but was eventually pardoned in September 1770 by the appeal of his wife.

Casey was the maker of the silver mounts on the Nathaniel Appleton secretary bookcase, attributed to Job Townsend of Rhode Island (sold Sotheby’s , New York, January 17 1999, lot 704).  The only known  example of silver mounts on Colonial North American furniture, the piece  sold for  $8.25 million, the second-highest price paid for American furniture at auction.

The Iris Schwartz Collection of American Silver

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New York