Soumaine took the form of this sugar bowl directly from that of a Chinese ceramic rice bowl. Imported Chinese goods, especially porcelains, were popular luxury items that showed off the owner's wealth, worldliness, and sophistication.
John Odell of Stratfield and Connecticut Farms, New Jersey, m. Temperance Dickinson, daughter of Rev. Jonathan Dickinson, first president of the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University); their son Jonathan (b. 1737), m. Ann deCou 1772; descended in the family to the Misses Odell, from whom it was bought by the Museum in April 1955 for $1,000.
Decorative Arts Special Fund