Sugar bowl with lid

Object Number: 
1977.55b.1-2
Date: 
ca. 1800
Medium: 
Coin silver
Dimensions: 
Overall: 7 1/4 x 10 x 6 1/2 in. ( 18.4 x 25.4 x 16.5 cm )
Marks: 
Engraving: center front: a lion's arm erect, holding cross of the field
Description: 
Wrought coin silver sugar bowl with lid; round in plan with wide gadrooning around the lower body; round stepped base joined to the body by a ring pedestal; stamped diamond bands applied to the vertical footrings and the ring pedestal; plain upper body, below a plain concave shoulder flared to a stamped diamond band; convex doming above with a vertically applied rim decorated with a stamped rope design; stepped domed lid with a serrated baluster finial; two narrow cast scrolled handles with acanthus leaves inside the loops; engraved with the crest of the King family, a lion's arm erect, holding cross of the field, at the front center; no maker's marks.
Gallery Label: 
This sugar bowl with lid belonged to Rufus King (1755-1827), American Ambassador to the Court of St. James, and a twice unsuccessful candidate to the Presidency of the U.S.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mrs. Carol F. Jopling and Mr. Robert King Farrington
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group