Sugar box and cover

English (London)
1676–77
Marked by WW


Object Place: Europe, London, England

Dimensions

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)

Accession Number

55.930a-b

Medium or Technique

Silver gilt

On View

Alan and Simone Hartman Galleries (Gallery 241)

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Silver

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.

Inscription

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

Markings

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

Provenance

Purchased from Spink & Son, London, November 10, 1955, Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour.

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour