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Canadian metalworker. He studied at the Petit Seminaire du Québec from 1778 to 1780 and began his apprenticeship c. 1780 in the silversmith’s shop of his elder brother, Jean-Nicolas Amiot (1750–1821); the tradition that he was apprenticed to François Ranvoyzé is unfounded. In ...

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Gordon Campbell

American goldsmith and silversmith of Dutch origin, based in New York. His most characteristic products are spoons, teapots, beakers and tankards (with coins set in the lids); his pieces are marked with the letters IB in a shield. The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York has a fine silver teapot and a silver seal made for civic use in Marbletown (Ulster County, NY). Jacob’s son Henricus was also a silversmith....

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Gordon Campbell

American clockmaker and silversmith. After an apprenticeship in Norwich, CT, he established a business in East Windsor, CT. He made fine longcase clocks with brass works and faces of engraved silver. His day-books and ledgers survive, and show that he made and sold only 49 clocks in the course of 20 years....

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Gordon Campbell

American silversmith, active in Boston. The most important collection of his silverware is held by Harvard University (notably a pair of candlesticks dated 1724); the Historical Society of York, PA, holds a thimble (c. 1740), and Yale University has a fine tankard (...

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Gerald W. R. Ward

American silversmith, goldsmith and engraver. The son of a cooper, Coney probably served his apprenticeship with Jeremiah Dummer (1645–1718) of Boston. Coney may have engraved the plates for the first banknotes printed in the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1690 and certainly engraved the plates for those issued in ...

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David M. Sokol

American engraver. Doolittle learnt to engrave in metal through his apprenticeship to a silversmith. His career as an independent craftsman was interrupted by army service during the American Revolution, during which time he met Ralph Earl, whose drawings of battle scenes, including the battles of Lexington and Concord, Doolittle was later to engrave on copper. The success of these historical scenes, for example ...

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Gordon Campbell

American silversmith whose workshop in Philadelphia specialized in domestic silver in the Federal style.

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Gordon Campbell

American silversmith, apparently the first to be born in America. He was apprenticed in the Boston workshop of John Hull (see under Boston, §III, 2, (i)). Dummer's silverwork is severe, but includes stylish objects, such as cups with cast scroll and caryatid handles. His apprentices probably included ...

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Gordon Campbell

American silversmith and clockmaker. He was primarily a merchant, but his workshop produced a small number of pieces that can now be identified. His diary is concerned in large part with his passion for gardening, but is also a valuable resource for the American silver trade in the late 18th century....

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Damie Stillman

Architectural and decorative arts style that flourished in the USA from shortly after the acknowledgement of independence in the Treaty of Paris (1783) until c. 1820. The term is derived from the period surrounding the creation of the federal constitution in 1787 and was in use in a political sense by that year. Essentially it was a form of ...

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Monroe H. Fabian

American painter of German birth, active also in England. Born into a family of goldsmiths, he received his first training in that craft from his father. When his father became a court goldsmith in Berlin, Haidt attended his first drawing lessons at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste in that city. After a 10-year journey around Europe (...

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Gordon Campbell

American family of silversmiths, active in Boston. Jacob Hurd (1702–58) produced large quantities of domestic plate (e.g. porringers and pepper boxes) in a solid version of the contemporary English style; the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston has many examples of his work. He also engraved bookplates and created seals, including those for Harvard University and Dartmouth College. Two of Jacob’s 14 children, Benjamin (...

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American, 18th century, male.

Active in Virginia and in Pennsylvania.

Portrait artist, medallist.

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David M. Sokol

American silversmith and engraver. After training as a silversmith, he responded to the growing demand for copperplate-engraving by launching his own business in Newark in the 1770s, advertising in the New York and New Jersey newspapers as an engraver of tea sets and as a copperplate printer. Engraving bookplates, broadsides and occasional portraits provided his staple income; in later years, after American Independence, he was also able to meet the demand of nascent banks for individualized, intricately designed banknotes to counter forgery. Although the ephemeral nature of his work makes it difficult to evaluate his talent within the broader context of contemporary engraving, he achieved sufficient status to be elected as the representative of the Engravers’ Association to the Federal Procession of ...

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Gordon Campbell

American silversmith. In 1839 he established a workshop in New York; the principal client for his Rococo Revival wares (mostly presentation plate) was Ball, Tompkins & Black. In 1864 Moore joined Tiffany family, §1; the family business passed to his gifted son Edward Chandler Moore (...

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American, 18th century, male.

Born 1688, near Boston (Massachusetts); died 17 June 1748, in Boston.

Engraver, goldsmith.

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American, 18th century, male.

Active in New York.

Born 18th century, in Prussia.

Goldsmith.

Otto Paul de Parissen was the father of David Parisien, a goldsmith in New York from 1789 to 1817, and of Philippe Parisien, a miniaturist in New York from 1798 to 1812...

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American, 18th century, male.

Active in London in 1772.

Engraver (burin/wood).

Poupard worked in New York, from 1807 to 1814. He produced several portraits of Oliver Goldsmith.

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Sally Webster

American painter. Pratt had only a rudimentary education before he became an apprentice to his uncle, James Claypoole, one of Philadelphia’s earliest artists. Pratt took up portraiture full time in 1758 and married Elizabeth Moore two years later. In 1764, Pratt accompanied Betsy Shewell, his cousin and Benjamin West’s fiancée, and John West, the artist’s father, to London. Pratt was witness to their wedding and spent two and half years in West’s studio, a stay commemorated in his best-known work (and the only one he signed and dated), ...

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American, 18th century, male.

Born 1748, in Dublin, Ireland; died 24 October 1802, in Montreal.

Miniaturist, goldsmith.

Ramage worked in Boston, New York and Montreal. One of his most beautiful painted ivories, Portrait of George Washington, is in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York....