Tea Caddy, Simeon Soumaine (baptized 1685–ca. 1750), Silver, American

Tea Caddy

Maker:
Simeon Soumaine (baptized 1685–ca. 1750)
Date:
1725–40
Geography:
Made in New York, New York, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Silver
Dimensions:
Overall: 4 5/16 x 2 11/16 x 2 1/4 in. (11 x 6.8 x 5.7 cm); 5 oz. 15 dwt. (178 g)
Body: 3 11/16 in. (9.4 cm); 5 oz. 1 dwt. (156.6 g)
Cover: 1 3/8 x 1 1/4 in. (3.5 x 3.2 cm); 14 dwt. (21.4 g)
Classification:
Silver
Credit Line:
Gift of E. M. Newlin, 1964
Accession Number:
64.249.5a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 750
Rare survivals in early American silver, this pair of octagonal tea caddies and matching sugar box emulate contemporary English design. They also evoke the passion for tea–drinking and its costly accessories that became as fashionable in the Colonies as they were abroad. Each vessel is engraved with the arms and crest of the Bayard family of New York. Although only one tea caddy entered the Metropolitan’s collection in 1964 (64.249.5a,b), the set was reunited in 2015 with the purchase of the matching caddy and sugar box (2015.93.1a,b-2a,b).
Inscription: engraved on body: [coat of arms and crest of Bayard family]
scratched on underside: M + V + D

Marking: marked on underside: SS (in square)
By descent in the Bayard family to Mrs. Peyton (Lilian Washburn Newlin) Van Rensselaer (1895–1956); to her brother, Earl Mortimer Newlin (1893–1977); gift to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1964.