Sugar box and cover
Marked by WW
Object Place: Europe, London, England
H. 13.9 cm (5 1/2 in.); W. 19.5 cm (7 11/16 in.); D. 16.9 cm (6 5/8 in.); Weight 765.5 gm (24 oz 12 dwt)
Medium or Technique
Alan and Simone Hartman Galleries (Gallery 241)
The base of the box is oval in section with bombé sides; the removable cover is domed, with a crimped rim and an interior bezel. The box rests on four scroll feet and is embossed and chased with shells and acanthus leaves against a matted ground. The cover is similarly decorated, with a handle formed of coiling tendrils enclosing a salamander. The body and the cover are each raised, embossed, and chased. The feet are cast; two have been repaired. The handle is composed of a coiled wire; the salamander in the center is cast. The gilding has been renewed.
Armorials: Engraved on each side of rim of box, the crest of Child, for Sir Richard Child of Wanstead, Essex (1679–1749), as Viscount Castlemaine of co. Kerry
On underside of base and on dome of cover, maker's mark WW above a fleur-de-lys between two pellets in a shaped shield (Jackson, 1921, p. 131; rev. ed. 1989, p. 128); leopard's head crowned; lion passant; date letter T
Purchased from Spink & Son, London, November 10, 1955, Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour.
Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour