Heavily decorated, pear-shaped silver caster on round foot with reeded rim that is engraved with shell motifs, crosshatching and stippled ground, the lower body with engraved foliate motifs between four chased strapwork panels that terminate at the shoulder in winged cherub masks, the upper body likewise with four strapwork panels, between these are engraved scrolling motifs and a stippled ground, the tall, dome-like cover with six pierced panels comprised either of scrollwork or quatrefoils, the finial urn-shaped with ball tip.

Sugar Caster

Paul de Lamerie, London, England

1732-1739

Sugar found its way to Europe by the tenth century and was one of the world’s most expensive condiments. It came in several forms: crystal, loaf, and highly refined powder. Sugar casters were designed to dispense powdered sugar onto fruits, pastries, and other desserts. They first appeared in France during the second half of the seventeenth century and were quickly adopted in England.