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Sugar Caster (one of a pair)

Monogrammist CO

Artwork Details

Sugar Caster (one of a pair)
Monogrammist CO
8 11/16 in. x 2 13/16 in. x 2 13/16 in. ( 22 cm x 7.2 cm x 7.2 cm )
Museum Purchase


Subject Matter:

This elegantly proportioned sugar caster would have been used by members of a prosperous household to sprinkle sugar into a teacup or onto pastry. The solid form of the body of the caster is lightened by the pierced designs of the lid, which are derived from the Régence style then popular in France.

Physical Description:

This sugar caster consists of an octagonal body topped by a domed lid. The body stands on a molded, octagonal base with alternating concave sides, a design carried through the rest of the body and the lid. The lid is pierced with geometric and floral patterns that alternate on each facet, and is surmounted by a rounded finial. The tall, slender proportions of the caster are counterbalanced by the horizontal moldings that decorate the base, body and lid. An unidentified coat of arms appears on the body of the caster.

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