Sugar box

about 1680–85
John Coney (American, 1655 or 1656–1722)

Object Place: Boston, Massachusetts

Catalogue Raisonné

Buhler, 1972, No. 33


Overall (h x w x d): 12.2 x 15.2 x 19.8 cm (4 13/16 x 6 x 7 3/4 in.); Weight: 29 oz., 10 dwt

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


On View

Burton A. Cleaves Gallery (Gallery LG27)




Silver hollowware

Oval with four scroll feet. Body repousee & granulated; cover more elaborate with acanthus & wreath, knotted serpent forms handle. Pierced sheild-shaped hasp.


Inscribed on base in script: "The gift of Grandmother Norton to Anna Quincy born 1719" Later "Joanna Quincy (Thaxter) Loring. Sophia (Loring) Whittemore. Anna Quincy (Thaxter) Cushing. Mary (Cushing) Churchill. 1900"


Five marks: all heart-shaped with "I C" and a cross of fleur de lis beneath 1. interior, center of bowl, facing towards rear of piece 2. and 3.- on rim of lid, above lactch/lock, facing towards center of lid 4. and 5.- on lid, embedded in matte decoration, both rear half of lid, one on either side of finial


First owner conjectured as John Norton; his widow, Mary (Mason) Norton, to Anna Quincy (1719-1799), daughter of John Quincy (Harvard 1708) and Elizabeth (Norton). By descent to Mrs. Joseph Churchill (1); February 13, 1911, lent by Mrs. Churchill to MFA; 1913, gift of Mrs. Churchill to MFA. (Accession date: April 3, 1913) 1: Anna married John Thaxter 1744; their daughter Joanna Quincy (1757-1856), m. Thomas Loring; their daughter Sophia, m. Nathaniel Whittemore; the eldest daughter of her cousin Susan Joy Thaxter, Anna Quincy Thaxter, m. Benjamin Cushing; their daughter Mary, m. Joseph Richmond Churchill.

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Joseph Richmond Churchill