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Renwick Sand Shaker

ca. 1825-1875 Gorham Manufacturing Company hammered and incised silver 3 1/4 x 1 7/8 in. (8.4 x 4.8 cm) diam. Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Julian Kaye 1976.148 Not currently on view


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This silver sand shaker belonged to James Renwick Jr. (1818-1895), the architect of the Castle, which was the first building to house the Smithsonian Institution's collections. He also designed the building that is now home to the Smithsonian American Art Museum's Renwick Gallery, near the White House. Julian and Clara Kaye acquired this piece from their daughter-in-law, who was Renwick's niece, and donated it to the Museum in 1976. Beautiful handwriting was a mark of refinement in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and an elegant writing set with a sand shaker, inkwell, and penholder reflected its owner's sophistication.

Keywords

decorative arts

Crafts - Metal

metal - silver