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Object Name: Sugar bowl
Date: ca. 1785-1790
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Medium: Silver
Dimensions: Overall: 4 5/8 × 6 3/4 in., 11 oz (troy) 10.8 dwt (11.7 × 17.1 cm, 358.9 g)
Place made: North America, Philadelphia
Description: Wrought silver sugar bowl with lid; inverted pear-shaped body on a molded, stepped base with two repousséd beaded bands; body flares to an applied, gadrooned rim; inset, molded domed lid with a repousséd beaded band around the center; pineapple finial cast in three pieces and screwed through the center of the lid; engraved on the front center, "L" in script; maker's marks on the base.
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Nathaniel McLean Sage
Object Number: 1974.2ab
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Marks: Engraved at front center: "L" in script; mark stamped on base twice: "J A" in script, in a rectangle

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This handsome sugar bowl marries the double-bellied form popular during the Rococo period with Neoclassical embellishments, such as beaded borders and a leafy pineapple finial. It was made by Joseph Anthony, Jr. in Philadelphia, where silversmiths excelled at creating tea wares in this style. The bowl, which descended in the Schuyler family of New York, may have been a wedding gift for John Bradstreet Schuyler (1765-1795) and his wife, Elizabeth Van Rensselaer (1768-1841). A Philadelphia-made object seems an unlikely gift for a couple with such deep roots in the Hudson Valley; however, it is possible that a friend or family member purchased the bowl while visiting the city. Either John Lansing, Jr. or Alexander Hamilton, both guests at the wedding, could have purchased the bowl while in attendance at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia just four months earlier.


Possible descent: John Bradstreet Schuyler (1765-1795), who married Elizabeth Van Rensselaer (1768-1841); to their son Philip Schuyler (1788-1865), who married Grace Hunter (1790-1828); to their daughter Ruth Schuyler (ca. 1812-1901), who married Thomas W. Ogden (1810-1901); to their nephew Alfred Francis de Luze (b. 1827), who married Mary C. Kortright (ca. 1830-1908); to their daughter Sarah Alice de Luze (ca. 1857-1892), who married Arthur M. Foley (ca. 1847-1895); to their daughter Lucille de Luze Foley (1889-1973); bequeathed by Foley to her cousin Charlotte Simonds Sage (1889-1981), the donor.


"Hamilton: The Man Who Made Modern America," New-York Historical Society, August 28, 2004–February 28, 2005.

"Stories in Sterling: Four Centuries of Silver in New York," New-York Historical Society, May 4–September 23, 2012; Flagler Museum, Palm Beach, FL, January 28–April 20, 2014.