Sugar Caster (one of a pair)

Accession Number

Sugar Caster (one of a pair)

Monogrammist CO

Object Creation Date

Medium & Support

8 11/16 in. x 2 13/16 in. x 2 13/16 in. ( 22 cm x 7.2 cm x 7.2 cm )

Credit Line
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.

Primary Object Classification
Decorative Arts

Primary Object Type

Additional Object Classification(s)
Decorative Arts

Collection Area

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On display

UMMA Gallery Location ➜ AMH, 1st floor ➜ 103 (Marvin H. Davidson Gallery)