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Sugar Bowl with Lid

Decorative Arts and Design

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.
DATES ca. 1800
DIMENSIONS 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)
MARKINGS Myers (in script on rim of cover and bottom of urn)
CREDIT LINE Gift of Stephen Ensko
PROVENANCE Prior to 1952, provenance not yet documented; by 1952, acquired by Stephen Guernsey Cook Ensko of New York, NY; 1952, gift of Stephen Guernsey Cook Ensko to the Brooklyn Museum.
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CAPTION 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, 52.154a-c.jpg)
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Myer Myers (American, 1723–1795). <em>Sugar Bowl with Lid</em>, 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, 52.154a-c.jpg)