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Sugar bowl and lid (part of a tea and coffee service)

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This piece is embellished with flowering vines, veined leaves, and budding flowers. The elliptical vessel was raised and shaped with ribbed vertical sections that frame the broader right and left face. The handles are seamed. The lid has an ornate seedpod finial.


"Martelé / [lion passant] [anchor surmounted by a spread eagle] G / 9584 / H / WZ" struck on base and under foot. A skeleton-key date mark struck in various locations on base.


According to family tradition, this set was purchased from Gorham by a New York district attorney as a gift to celebrated New York singer Lillian "Diamond Lil" Russell. It was subsequently acquired by Eskind, an antique dealer in Newton, Massachusetts, who sold it to Betty and Saul Palais about 1940.

Credit Line

In loving memory of Betty and Saul Palais

Aesthetic period, 1906

Object Place

United States


16.6 x 21.2 cm (6 9/16 x 8 3/8 in.)

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Silver hollowware