Sugar bowl

1838–45
Davis, Palmer & Co. (active 1838–1845), Thomas Aspinwall Davis (1798–1845), Julius A. Palmer (1803–1872), Josiah G. Bachelder (American, active 1837–1870)


Object Place: Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Dimensions

16 x 23 x 16.9 cm (6 5/16 x 9 1/16 x 6 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

RES.64.10.1a-b

Medium or Technique

Silver

Not On View

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Silver hollowware

The shallowly lobed and rounded body of the sugar bowl sits on cast, conjoined bracket feet composed of foliate decoration. Ear-shaped handles with acanthus grips and flat tips attach at the shoulders and body. The domed cover has confoming lobes and a flared rim. A bud-and-leaf finial is attached with a screw and bolt.


Davis, Palmer & Co. offered a varied line of luxury goods to Boston’s carriage trade (see cat. no. 143). This large sugar bowl and creampot, decorated with melon reeding and heavy bud-and-leaf finial, retain some of the plain surface of the late Neoclassical style while boasting elements of the new rococo revival, as seen in the winsome asymmetrical bud finial and the dense foliage of the bracket feet.

This text has been adapted from “Silver of the Americas, 1600-2000,” edited by Jeannine Falino and Gerald W.R. Ward, published in 2008 by the MFA. Complete references can be found in that publication.

Inscription

Engraved script T & / MAS

Markings

Davis Palmer & Co. in rectangle and Pure / Coin in rectangle stamped on base.
Ada Mark X

Provenance

Accessioned September 23, 1964, from an unknown source.
Possibly brought in for use at administrative/social museum functions by a member of the Ladies' Committee.

Credit Line

Source unidentified