Anthony Rasch (American, born Germany, active ca. 1807–57)
59.152.1: Overall 8 11/16 x 11 5/8 x 3 1/2 in., 1019.1 grams (22.1 x 29.5 x 8.9 cm, 32.765 troy ounces); 59.152.2: Overall 8 5/8 x 11 3/4 x 3 1/2 in., 1032.7 grams (21.9 x 29.8 x 8.9 cm, 33.202 troy ounces)
Sansbury-Mills Fund, 1959 (59.152.1-.2)
These elegant and commanding sauceboats were made around 1815 by the Philadelphia silversmith Anthony Rasch. The youngest son of a count, Rasch was born in Bavaria and trained in Germany before immigrating to Philadelphia in 1804 at about the age of twenty-six. The sauceboats are styled in French Empire taste, displaying such bold classical motifs as serpent handles, winged lion's feet, and ram's-head spouts. Much eighteenth- and nineteenth-century dining silver owes its styling to French models, reflecting France's leadership in matters of cuisine and dining etiquette. The coat of arms and crest engraved on the body of each sauceboat are those of the Milligan family of Maryland.