|Casey, Samuel, 1724-approximately 1773|
Samuel Casey was born in Newport, performed the craft of silversmithing in Exeter, Rhode Island, and, when his house burned down in 1764, relocated to what was known as Little Rest, better known to us as the village of Kingston. Casey was the most accomplished silversmith of early Rhode Island. His teapots, his creamers, tankards, and porringers are highly prized by collectors and are featured in all the top museums of the country that celebrate the skills of American colonial craftsmen. Casey’s works demonstrate the Queen Anne and Rococco styles, the first characterized by simple forms which relied on contour and plain surfaces with little decoration and the latter turned towards detail and surface ornamentation.
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