From the Long Island Museum website: “Elias Pelletreau (1726-1810), an important Southampton silversmith and craftsman, created richly detailed, beautifully ornate, and shimmering eighteenth-century objects: teapots, pepper boxes, porringers, tankards and jewelry. This will be the first museum exhibition devoted to exploring Pelletreau’s life and work since the Brooklyn Museum mounted one in 1959. Accompanied by a beautiful full-length catalog being published by Preservation Long Island, Elias Pelletreau will feature nearly 170 artifacts; silver, paintings, and furniture will illuminate the life and times of one of this region’s most significant early American artisans.”
“While less celebrated than Paul Revere, Pelletreau created a remarkable body of work that exemplifies the best of American artisanship. This project illuminates his impressive legacy of surviving objects and business records, offering a fresh perspective into the world of patronage, commerce, and industry in colonial and revolutionary-era Long Island and New York City. Pelletreau apprenticed in Manhattan and began his career there in the 1740s. In this cosmopolitan setting, he gained a nuanced sensibility of then-current fashions and techniques as well as patronage connections. He later returned to Southampton, spending the rest of his career as a rural craftsman, supporting the patriot cause, and maintaining his assets during a time of major cultural transition.”
*Buell, Samuel, Alden Spooner, and Abner Reed. A Faithful Narrative of the Remarkable Revival of Religion, in the Congregation of Easthampton, on Long-Island, in the Year of Our Lord, 1764: With Some Reflections. Sag-Harbor [N.Y.]: Printed by Alden Spooner, 1808.
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