About this artwork
Wealthy colonists ordered silver sugar dishes and cream pots to complement their English ceramic or Chinese export porcelain tea or coffeepots. Complete matching tea sets were not common until the late 18th century. The double-bellied form of these objects was popular throughout the colonies during the Rococo period. The decoration, called chasing, was achieved by working the surface with a small hammer and chisels.
- Bancroft Woodcock
- Covered Sugar Bowl
- c. 1765–1775
- Marked on bottom, in a conforming rectangle: B: WOODCOCK Engraved: S • W to E • R
- 18.4 × 11.1 × 11.4 cm (7 1/4 × 4 3/8 × 4 1/2 in.); 361.3 g
- Purchased with funds provided by the Antiquarian Society