Johann Christian Sick (German (Stuttgart), 1766–1824)
5 11/16 x 5 7/8 x 4 15/16 in. (14.5 x 15 x 12.5 cm)
Purchase, Gift of Dr. Mortimer D. Sackler, Theresa Sackler and Family; Friends of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts and The Isak and Rose Weinman Foundation Inc. Gifts; Rogers Fund; and Cynthia and Steven Brill, Werwaiss Family Charitable Trust, and Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation Gifts, 2005
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 553
These silver boxes, part of larger silver, presumably were used to keep sweets and other delicacies, as the handy form and tightly closing lids suggest. The ciphers below closed crowns belong to Charlotte Augusta Mathilde, queen of Wurttemberg (1766-1828). The form mirrors the Neoclassical principles of German silver design towards a formal reduction of the shape and geometry. The daring juxtaposition of plain polished areas with matted ornamental applications has an astonishingly modern aesthetic.
Inscription: On lid: engraved cipher "CAM" beneath crown with closed arches
Marking: maker's mark: "SICK" town mark: "running horse" with the letter "q" , for Stuttgart (Rosenberg 1928, no.4627; see VII).
Charlotte Augusta Mathilde ; Dukes of Wurttemberg , Germany ; Private Collection, Germany ; [ Galerie Neuse Kunsthandel GmbH , 2005; sold to MMA ]