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Museum: Closed
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Today's Hours
Museum: Closed
Gardens: 7:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Dyck, Peter van
Collection: American Collection
Specialty: Silver
Considered perhaps the greatest of the New York silversmiths, Peter Van
Dyck was a New Yorker by birth and probably learned the craft from
Bartholomew Le Roux, whose daughter, Rachel, Van Dyck married in 1711 (he
later married Cornelia Van Varick). Peter Van Dyck was appointed a
constable of the East Ward in 1708 and later served as assessor of the
City of New York in 1730.

Van Dyck was an active participant in the factious strife which kept New
York in a state of political unrest during the administration of Governor
Cosby. His brother-in-law, the New York silversmith Charles Le Roux,
joined Van Dyck in signing a petition calling for the removal of Cosby
from office because of the "barefaced villany committed by him" when Cosby
declared one Adlophe Philipse to be chosen representative of the City of
New York.

Van Dyck's silver is considered to have that personal touch so often
lacking in early American silver; and this, combined with his excellence
in artistic conception and workmanship, gives added weight to the
assertion that he had no superior in early American silversmithing. His
son, Richard (1717-1770), was also a silversmith in New York.