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Philip Syng

(1703—1789)


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(b Cork, 1703; d Philadephia, 1789). Irish silversmith and brassmaker, active in the USA. In 1714 he moved with his family to Annapolis, where his father (also named Philip Syng) worked as a silversmith. The family moved to Philadephia c. 1720, and when the elder Syng returned to Annapolis in 1724, Philip the younger took over his Philadelphia workshop. He soon became a prominent silversmith and a member of Benjamin Franklin's inner circle. He produced some of the finest silver of the period, such as a capacious tankard (New Haven, CT, Yale U. A.G.) that embodies the best of the Queen Anne style. His most famous piece is the Standish that he made for the provincial assembly in 1752; it was later used for the signings of the Declaration of Independence and the American Constitution.

From The Grove Encyclopedia of Decorative Arts in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Decorative Arts, Furniture, and Industrial Design.


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