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Covered sugar bowl (with matching teapot)

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The raised and repousséd body has an overall chased floral and foliate decoration. Reserves framed by asymmetrical scrolls on the front and back of the sugar bowl hold a monogram and family crest. Leafy vines entwine the rusticated handles. Bracket-shaped feet are composed of twigs, flowers,...

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Inscription

Boylston family arms engraved within a reserve on the proper right of the handle. Arms depict gules, six cross-crosslets fitchee argent, on a chief gold three pellets, charger, and the crest is lion pass guard holding a cross-crosslet of the field, all withing a Rococo-style cartouche. "MHB" to the left of the handle in gothic-style letters with seraphs above and below within a reserve.

Marks

"GORHAM & CO." and "PURE COIN" struck incuse in uppercase Roman letters on the bottom.

Provenance

This sugar bowl may have belonged to Mary Hallowell Boylston (b. 1824), subsequently passing through the Boylston family to Ward Nicholas (d. 1924) and Alice Meehan Boylston (d. 1938); to their daughter Barbara Hallowell Boylston (1913 – 1975) and Paul Webster Bean (b. 1914), m. 1937.

Credit Line

Bequest of Barbara Boylston Bean

about 1852–65

Object Place

Providence, Rhode Island, United States

Dimensions

21.8 x 17.3 x 14.5 cm (8 9/16 x 6 13/16 x 5 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

1976.642

Medium or Technique

Coin silver

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Silver hollowware