9 3/16 x 8 5/8 x 8 5/8 in. (23.3 x 21.9 x 21.9 cm); 22 oz. 13 dwt. (705 g)
Purchase, Mr. and Mrs. Robert G. Goelet Gift, 1987
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 750
Quintessentially rococo is this frame to hold condiment containers for the dinner table. Sugar, pepper, and other spices would have been dispensed from silver casters and oil and vinegar from glass cruets. Most silver cruet stands used in America were imported from England and were equipped, as is this New York example, with a central openwork handle, shell feet, and an asymmetrical cartouche for an engraved armorial or script monogram.
Marking: marked twice on handle and on base plate in script: Myers (in shaped surround)
Possibly William Ludlow (1707–1785); by family descent to Maurice P. van Buren (1892–1979); sold by his widow, Caroline Powers van Buren (b. ca. 1893), at William Doyle Galleries, New York, April 22, 1987, lot 376; with Bernard and S. Dean Levy, New York; sold to The Metropolitan Museum of Art 1987.