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Sauceboat

Object Number: 
1970.54
Date: 
ca. 1750
Medium: 
Silver
Dimensions: 
Overall: 4 3/8 x 3 3/4 x 7 1/8 in. ( 11.1 x 9.5 x 18.1 cm ) Silver Weight: 9 oz (troy) 10 dwt (296 g)
Marks: 
engraved: on the base: "M/ I * I" in block letters stamped: on the base: "SS" in roman letters in a rectangle
Description: 
Wrought silver sauceboat; deep, oval boat-shaped body, with a flared and serrated rim and long, high and wide pouring lip; double c-scroll handle with a acanthus grip and solid scroll terminus, joined to and curved above the rim; three cast cabriole legs with shell knees and pad feet; engraved, "M/ I * I" in block letters on the base; maker's mark stamped on the base.
Gallery Label: 
Representing the height of formal dining, silver sauceboats were an expensive luxury; versions in porcelain or refined earthenware were a more economical and readily available option. Sets of London-made silver sauceboats brought to America by British colonial officials may have fueled the fashion for these vessels. This example follows the English model popular during the mid-eighteenth century in American cities from Boston to Charleston. It was purchased in 1970 as the work of New York City silversmith Simeon Soumaine (1685-ca. 1750), but was reattributed in 2011 to Samuel Soumaine based on the distinctive "SS" mark in its underside.
Credit Line: 
Purchase
Provenance: 
Unknown prior to purchase in 1970 from Anton Rudert, Jr., New York City.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group