Sugar Bowl

1785
Paul Revere, Jr. (American, 1734–1818)


Object Place: Boston, Massachusetts

Dimensions

Overall: 25.8 cm (10 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

2004.2210

Medium or Technique

Silver

On View

Prudence S. and William M. Crozier, Jr. Gallery (Gallery 121)

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Silver hollowware

Urn shaped sugar bowl with flaring foot on a square base; high cover with molded top and pineapple finial; beaded bands on cover and foot. Engraved garlands and ribbons, coat of arms, and JAW in ovals on sides. Dragon’s head on cover.


The acquisition of this sugar bowl made by Paul Revere II for John and Abigail (Collins) Warren reunites the work with a large coffeepot the smith made in 1791 for the same couple. Given in 1895, the coffeepot was the Museum’s first acquisition of Revere-made silver. On June 24, 1785, Revere charged Dr. Warren 4.0.6 pounds sterling for the silver n this “sugar dish” which weighed 11 oz, 10 dwt and an additional 3.15.0 pounds sterling for making and engraving it. A teapot that Revere made in the same year for the couple remains on loan to the Museum from a private collection.
Dr. John Warren, a distinguished Boston physician was active in the Revolution as a surgeon general in the Continental Army and later was involved in many aspects of Massachusetts politics and cultural life. John and his older brother Joseph, a Boston physician who was killed at the battle of Bunker Hill, played an important role in medicine in Boston. In 1785 John and his family moved to a large house on property bordered by School, Tremont, and Washington streets, and he may have acquired this sugar bowl and other objects for use in his new home. He was a Mason and often patronized Revere, who engraved for him a certificate to award to attendees of his anatomy course at the American Hospital in Boston in 1780.
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

"JAW" monogram in ellipse on side of vessel; dragon's head [crest?] on cover.
5440 scratched on underside of base.
Warren arms in ellipse on ne side: argent, a lion rampant, a chief checky argent and azure, and crest, a griffin's head couped.

Markings

[pellet] Revere in rectangle on bottom

Provenance

Made originally for Dr. John Warren, Boston, and his wife Abigail Collins, m. November 1771; by descent in the family; lent by Joseph Warren, November 23, 1928; transferred to Mary W. Murphy (Mrs. Grayson M.P. Murphy), New York, N.Y., January 10, 1961.

Credit Line

Gift of Mary E. W. Murphy