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6 June, 20:50

Gift to the Governor: Fletcher and Gardiner silver vase

Gift to the Governor: Fletcher and Gardiner silver vase
In 1825, the Erie Canal was opened in the United States, which connects the Great Lakes with the Hudson River and further with the Atlantic Ocean. The canal played an important role in strengthening trade ties between New York State and the Midwest. In honor of this event, a group of merchants commissioned a monumental silver vase as a gift to New York Governor DeWitt Clinton, who helped build the canal. A competition was announced for the best design, which was won by the project of Thomas Fletcher and Sydney Gardiner.
The gift vase is modeled after the Warwick Vase, an ancient Roman marble sculpture discovered in 1771 near Hadrian's Villa in Tivoli (Italy). The images are a collection of allegorical figures and American landscapes along the canal. Mercury and Ceres are depicted at the front, symbolizing trade and agriculture, with a gateway and passing ships between them. On the reverse side are the embodiments of strength and wisdom - Hercules and Minerva, and in the center - the aqueduct in Rochester. The lid is decorated with a figurine of an eagle.
Fletcher and Gardiner founded the company in Boston and then moved to Philadelphia. The partners became leading creators of silver presentation items and also sold cutlery. Their works are exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Yale University Art Gallery, and others.
Sources:
metmuseum.org

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