Covered Sugar Bowl
Date ca. 1835
Manufacturer:Joseph Mosley Freeman, American, 1806 - 1882
Dimensions Overall: 9 x 8 1/2 x 5 1/4 in. (22.9 x 21.6 x 13.3 cm)
Medium Silver
Credit Line Gift of Walter P. Chrysler, Jr., in honor of Mrs. Henry Clay Hofheimer, II
Description Twelve sided shaped bowl raised on four ajoure feet composed of "C" scrolls and shell motifs with leafage. Plain body, except for engraved coat-of-arms (shield surmounted by mythological animal head) and motto: "Haud Muto Factum" on a ribbon. There's a band of leafage around the mouth of the bowl and two ear-shaped handles are applied. Top is dodecahedron (12-sided) shaped and conical surmounted by a pumpkin shaped finial set in leafage.
Exhibition History"Treasures For The Table: Silver From The Chrysler Museum," The Chrysler Museum, Norfolk, Va., June 15 - August 6, 1989; R. W. Norton Art Gallery, Shreveport, Louisiana, September 30 - November 25, 1989; Columbia Museum, Columbia, S.C., December 16, 1989 - February 10, 1990; The Columbus Museum, Columbus, Ga., March 10 - May 5, 1990; Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute Museum of Art, Utica, N.Y., June 2 - July 28, 1990; Huntington Galleries, Huntington, W.V., August 25 - October 20, 1990; Albany Museum of Art, Albany, Ga., November 17, 1990 - January 12, 1991; The Society of the Four Arts, Palm Beach, Florida, February 15 - March 17, 1991.
"The Norfolk Rooms," Willoughby-Baylor House, Norfolk, VA, opened August 16, 2014.
Published ReferencesGeorge Barton Cutten, _The Silversmiths of Virginia Together with Watchmakers and Jewellers from 1694 to 1850_, (The Deitz Press, Inc.: Richmond, VA, 1952), 93.
Essays by David Revere McFadden, entries by Mark A. Clark, _Treasures for the Table: Silver from the Chrysler Museum_, exh. cat., The Chrysler Museum, Norfolk, Va., 1989, 106-107, no. 70.
Inscriptions Partly obliterated, but stamped on bottom: "J.M. Freeman".
Object Label Joseph Mosley Freeman American, 1806–1882 Covered Sugar Bowl, ca. 1835 Silver Joseph Freeman, creator of this elaborate sugar bowl, trained in the workshop of experienced Norfolk silversmith Joseph Clarico, whose work is also displayed in this case. Freeman later married Clarico’s daughter and established his own business, perhaps coinciding with Clarico’s death in 1828. This sugar bowl, made not long after, bears the coat of arms of the Delves-Broughton family of Cheshire, England. Descendants of the Broughton family had long lived in Princess Anne County, and this bowl was likely commissioned by Thomas G. Broughton (1786–1861), publisher of the Norfolk and Portsmouth Herald. Gift of Walter P. Chrysler Jr., in honor of Mrs. Henry Clay Hofheimer II 85.22A–B
Object Number 85.22