Sugar box (part of a set)

British, South Staffordshire

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 512

Containing two canisters for tea (green and black) and a larger one for sugar, this chest could be locked to secure its valuable contents; both tea and sugar were expensive commodities during the eighteenth century. The polychrome pastoral scenes and Italianate landscapes, combined with Rococo-style gilding against a pink ground, create an opulent effect.

#413. Retail Value. High and Low

Sugar box (part of a set), White enamel on copper painted in polychrome enamels, British, South Staffordshire

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