Sugar bowl with cover

about 1795
Joseph DuBois (American, about 1790–1798)

Object Place: New York City, New York, United States


18.73 x 15.56 x 10.48 cm (7 3/8 x 6 1/8 x 4 1/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique


Not On View




Silver hollowware

The raised boat-shaped bowl rests on an oval foot with a reeded edge. The conforming, separate, raised cover terminates in a finial echoing the shape of the bowl and the lid. The top edge of the bowl is engraved with bright-cut leafage, and the center of the front is engraved with an oval medallion surrounded by swags. The edge of the lid has bright-cut decoration as well.

This elegantly shaped sugar bowl, with its delicate bright-cut engraving, is the product of the shop of Joseph DuBois, active in New York City from 1790 to about 1798. He worked in partnership with his younger brother Teunis DuBois in 1796. A more typical urn-shaped sugar bowl by the maker is in the collection of the Museum of the City of New York.

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.


"GJF" intertwined onogram within an elipse engraved on front of bowl


"J[pellet]D" within an eclipse; a sheaf of wheat within a rectangle and a bird's head within a rectangle al on bottom


Early history unknown. Acquired by the Boston collector Nathaniel T. Dexter and bequeathed to the Museum in 2000.

Credit Line

Gift of the Nathaniel T. Dexter Fine Arts Trust