© President and Fellows of Harvard College
Identification and Creation
Object Number
John Coney, American (Boston, MA 1655/56 - 1722 Boston, MA)
"The Stoughton Cup"
Work Type
Creation Place: North America, United States, Massachusetts, Boston
Level 2, Room 2340, European and American Art, 17th–19th century, The Silver Cabinet: Art and Ritual, 1600–1850
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Physical Descriptions
25.4 x 17.8 cm (10 x 7 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription: Engraved, on body: I.C. above a fleur-de-lys in a heart shaped punch. Engraved, with arms of Lieutenant Governor William Stoughton. on opposite side: The Gift/ of the/ Hon. William Stoughton,/who died at/Dorchester,/July 7th/1701.
  • (not assigned): Mark, on cover near knop and on cup between "of" and "the."
Gift of the Honorable William Stoughton, 1701, on behalf of Lieutenant Governor William Stoughton (1631-1701) of Massachusetts, who died a week after the ceremony.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Loan from Harvard University; Gift to Harvard College from the Honorable William Stoughton, 1701
Object Number
European and American Art
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The following eight vessels constitute Harvard's ceremonial silver. They are taken out of Harvard Art Museum storage and displayed only for the most important occasions, most notably for presidential inaugurations. Information about their history and display are in the files of the University Portrait Collection:

"The John Vassal Tankard", by Joseph Kneeland, American, 873.1927
"The William Vassal Tankard" by Joseph Kneeland, 874.1927
"The Dunster Tankard" by Ephraim Cobb, American, 876.1927
"The Stoughton Cup" by John Coney, American, 877.1927.A-B
"The Holyoke Caudle Cup" by John Coney, 878.1927
"The Hedge Tankard" by Edward Winslow, American, 879.1927
"The Great Salt", unidentified British maker, 881.1927
"The Browne Cup," by John Burt, American, 882.1927.A-B
Publication History

Louis B. Wright, The Arts in America: The Colonial Period, Charles Scribner & Sons (New York, NY, 1966), p. 328, pl. 245

Martha Gandy Fales, Early American Silver for the Cautious Collector, Funk and Wagnalls (New York, NY, 1970), p. 43, fig. 39

Kenyon Castle Bolton, III, Peter G. Huenink, Earl A. Powell III, Harry Z. Rand, and Nanette C. Sexton, American Art at Harvard, exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1972), cat. 173, ill.

Wendy Ann Cooper, In Praise of America: American Decorative Arts, 1650-1830/ Fifty Years of Discovery Since the 1929 Girl Scouts Loan Exhibition, Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. (New York, NY, 1980), pp. 88-90, fig. 111

Kristin A. Mortimer and William G. Klingelhofer, Harvard University Art Museums: A Guide to the Collections, Harvard University Art Museums and Abbeville Press (Cambridge and New York, 1986), p. 210, cat. 242, ill.

David B. Warren and Katherine S. Howe, Marks of Achievement: Four Centuries of American Presentation Silver, exh. cat., Museum of Fine Arts, Houston/Harry N. Abrams Inc. (Houston TX/New York NY, 1987), p. 48, 49. fig. 39

Graham Hood, American Silver: A History of Style, 1650-1900, E. P. Dutton & Co. (New York, NY, 1989), pp. 57, 59

Sandra Grindlay, "Harvard's Portraits: An American Treasure", Harvard University Art Museums Review (Fall 1992), vol. II, no. 1, pp. 6-7, p. 6

Timothy Anglin Burgard, American Art at Harvard: Cultures and Contexts, brochure, Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 1994), p. 10, cat. 11

Jane Turner, The Encyclopedia of American Art before 1914, Macmillan Publishers Limited (London, England, 2000), p. 111

Jeannine Skerry, "'Ancient and Valuable Gifts': Silver at Colonial Harvard", New England Silver and Silversmithing, 1620-1815, The Colonial Society of Massachusetts (Boston, MA, 2001), pp. 183-209, pp. 185-186, fig. 2a and b

"The Table is Set: Out Comes the Ceremonial Silver to Celebrate a President", Harvard Magazine (November 2001), p. 112, repr.

Jeannine Falino, ed., New England Silver & Silversmithing 1620-1815, The Colonial Society of Massachusetts (Boston, MA, 2001), P. 186, Fig. 2 a,b; Pp. 183-209

Stephan Wolohojian and Alvin L. Clark, Jr., Harvard Art Museum/ Handbook, ed. Stephan Wolohojian, Harvard Art Museum (Cambridge, 2008), ill. p. 128

Theodore E. Stebbins, Jr. and Melissa Renn, American Paintings at Harvard, Volume One: Paintings, Watercolors, and Pastels by Artists Born before 1826, Yale University Press (U.S.) and Harvard Art Museums (Cambridge and New Haven, 2014), p. 498, fig. 69

Exhibition History

American Art at Harvard, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 04/19/1972 - 06/18/1972

American Art at Harvard: Cultures and Contexts, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 10/01/1994 - 12/30/1994

The Persistence of Memory: Continuity and Change in American Cultures, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 07/29/1995 - 05/13/2001

Re-View: S424-426 Western Art from 1560 to 1900, Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 08/16/2008 - 06/18/2011

32Q: 2340 Cabinet Gallery, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 11/01/2014

This record has been reviewed by the curatorial staff but may be incomplete. Our records are frequently revised and enhanced. For more information please contact the Division of European and American Art at am_europeanamerican@harvard.edu