Sugar bowl with cover and tray
Alexandre de Roussy, the Younger
Not on view
Europeans regarded sugar as an essential addition to chocolate, coffee, and tea. For tea and coffee, sugar commonly was added once the beverage was poured. Sugar bowls eventually were incorporated into coordinated services. An imported commodity, sugar was expensive in Europe until well into the nineteenth century. Its importance and cost are reflected in this silver bowl and stand executed in the Rococo style.
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