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The silversmiths Thomas Fletcher and Sidney Gardiner created some of the most imaginative presentation silver of the early nineteenth century. They specialized in Neoclassical forms, such as the two-handled amphora shape, and decoration, such as the paw feet, acanthus leaves, and grape vines, seen on this urn. The urn was presented to James C. Fisher by the proprietors of the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal to honor his "faithful and useful Services as President of the Company." When the canal was completed in 1829, it was one of the most expensive construction projects in the young nation and immediately facilitated trade throughout the Mid-Atlantic states. The maritime context for the commissio...

53.3 x 31.1cm
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