American Decorative Arts
Maker: Simeon Soumaine, American, born England, ca. 1660 or ca. 1685–1750

Sugar Bowl

1738–45

Silver

4 3/16 x 4 11/16 in. (10.64 x 11.9 cm) other (Lip): 4 11/16 in.(11.9 cm) base (Base): 2 in.(5.1 cm)
Mabel Brady Garvan Collection
1930.1056
Tea drinking in the eighteenth-century demanded elaborate equipment, including sugar bowls like this one with its distinctive cover modeled after a Chinese porcelain covered rice bowl. The work of Huguenot silversmith Simeon Soumain, this Queen Anne–style vessel indicates a wealthy owner who spent large sums on luxury objects for the tea table. The bowl relies primarily on its perfectly round form for its aesthetic impact. The engraved cipher is for Elizabeth Harris (died 1760), who married Henry Cruger in Legnaum, Jamaica, in 1736. According to Cruger’s diary, he and his family arrived in New York from Jamaica on May 31, 1738.
Culture: 
American
Period: 
18th century
Classification: 
Containers - Metal
Geography: 
Made in New York, New York
Status: 
On view
Provenance: 

Originally owned by Elizabeth (Harris) Cruger (d. 1760); Luke V. Lockwood, Greenwich, Conn.; Francis P. Garvan, New York, NY (1929).

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Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.