Sugar Bowl and Cover

Artist: John Bayly (American, ca. 1720–1789)

Date: ca. 1765

Geography: Made in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Culture: American

Medium: Silver

Dimensions: Overall: 5 1/4 x 5 3/4 in. (13.3 x 14.6 cm); 12 oz. 3 dwt. (377.9 g)
Foot: Diam. 2 5/8 in. (6.7 cm)
Body: H. 3 1/2 in. (8.9 cm); 9 oz. (279.9 g)
Cover: 1 7/8 x 4 in. (4.8 x 10.2 cm); 3 oz. 3 dwt. (98 g)

Classification: Silver

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1939

Accession Number: 39.23a, b


Sugar bowls, usually with covers, became an essential part of the tea equipage in the eighteenth century, when sugar became more readily available. By the 1760s, they were being fashioned in the inverted pear or "double-bellied" form popular with Rococo designers. Here, emphatic curves and rich floral decoration reflect the extravagance of fully developed Rococo styling. The cast bird finial, although somewhat unusual, is found on other sugar bowls of this period made in Philadelphia and New York.