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American Decorative Arts
Maker: Louis Robitaille, American, born Canada, 1768

Sugar dish



3 3/4 × 6 3/16 × 3 5/8 in. (9.525 × 15.716 × 9.208 cm)
Josephine Setze Fund for the John Marshall Phillips Collection
Made in Sainte Genevieve, Missouri, Illinois Territory, United States
On view
19th century
Containers - Metals

Originally owned by Louis (1745-1815) and Marie (d. 1826) Bolduc (or Bois-le-Duc) of Ste. Genevieve, in which it descended until c. 1920, when it was purchased by Mrs. Bernard Hufft. Mrs. Hufft evidently sold the bowl to the dealer Ed Smith, who in turn sold it to the collector Arnold Skromme of Moline, Illinois. The bowl was sold at least twice after it was owned by Skromme and now belongs to Richard Rhoda of Seattle.


R. W. Stevenson, “A Silver Sugar Bowl With a Story to Tell,” New York Times (April 25, 2004).

“Acquisitions 2003,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2004): 58–67, 133, fig. 1, 4.

David L. Barquist, “Refinement in the Illinois Country: Louis Robitaille’s Sugar Dish,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2004): 58–59, fig. 1.

Art for Yale: Collecting for a New Century, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2007), 41, pl. 13.

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