Sugar Bowl with Lid
Decorative Arts and Design
On View: American Art Galleries, 5th Floor, From Colonies to States, 1660–1830
During the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, sugar from large plantations worked by enslaved Africans in Barbados and Jamaica was one of the most lucrative commodities for British merchants and landowners.
Myer Myers, the owner of the silver workshop in New York City where this covered sugar bowl was created, was the only Jewish silversmith in the city. Interpreting European forms in functional wares, he also supplied the city’s synagogues with ritual silver. During the eighteenth century, although there was a small community of American Sephardic Jews living in New York and Newport, prejudice against non-Christian beliefs was strong throughout the colonies.
9 1/4 x 4 1/2 in. (23.5 x 11.4 cm)
weight (approximately): 390.87 grams (weighed by BMA conservation, plus or minus .10) (show scale)
Myers (in script on rim of cover and bottom of urn)
Gift of Stephen Ensko
Myer Myers (American, 1723-1795). Sugar Bowl with Lid, ca. 1800. Silver, 9 1/4 x 4 1/2 in. (23.5 x 11.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Stephen Ensko, 52.154a-b. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.52.154.jpg)
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