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Sauceboat

Maker:
Anthony Rasch (ca. 1778–1858)
Date:
ca. 1815
Geography:
Made in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Silver
Dimensions:
8 11/16 x 11 5/8 x 3 1/2 in. (22.1 x 29.5 x 8.9 cm); 32 oz. 15 dwt. (1019.1 g)
Classification:
Silver
Credit Line:
Sansbury-Mills Fund, 1959
Accession Number:
59.152.1
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 705
These commanding sauceboats, fashioned in the French Empire taste, are marked by Rasch, a Bavarian-born Philadelphia silversmith. They are among the most sophisticated silver vessels produced in the United States in the early nineteenth century and are distinguished by their bold ornamental scheme, which includes magnificent cast serpent handles and ram’s-head spouts. The engraved armorials are those of the Milligan family of Maryland.
Inscription: [engraved on body to right of handle]: [arms and crest of Milligan]

Marking: [marked on underside]: A.RASCH & C[superscript "O" over "."] (in rectangle) / PHILADELPHIA (in rectangle)
James Graham and Sons, New York, until 1959
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