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Sugar bowl with lid

Object Number: 
1976.29cd
Date: 
ca. 1787
Medium: 
Silver
Dimensions: 
Overall: 10 5/8 x 4 in. ( 27 x 10.2 cm ) Silver Weight: 14 oz (troy) 11 dwt (453 g)
Marks: 
engraved: in shield reserve: "J M A H" Mark: stamped on side of the base: illegible strike in a rectangle, "I . V" in a rectangle with rounded edges, "P" in roman letters
Description: 
Wrought silver sugar bowl with lid; circular urn-shaped body joined to a circular pedestal on an applied square base; beaded band around the rim; raised circular lid, flat at the edge and curves to a tall narrow neck that flares to a beaded molding and domed top; cast urn finial; bright-cut shield reserve with foliate swags on the front of the body, engraved "J M A H"; maker's marks stamped on the side of the base.
Gallery Label: 
This understated tea set, with its spare teapot, sugar urn, and helmet-shaped milk pot, is typical of many American Neoclassical tea sets of the 1790s to 1810s, the body of the teapot and its domed cover were constructed from rolled silver. Although its companion pieces have raised bodies, they are supported by pedestal feet and plinth-like stands assembled from sheet silver. The cipher "J M A H" identifies the original owners of the tea set, John A. Hardenbrook (1761-1832) and Mary Aymar (1763-1838), who married in 1787. The inclusion of each of the couple's initials suggests that the tea set may have been a gift to commemorate their marriage. Hardenbrook was a prominent New York broker and one of the twenty-four signatories of the 1792 Buttonwood Agreement, which led to the establishment of the New York Stock Exchange.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Estate of Louise Hardenbrook
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group