Antique Ironstone Sugar Bowl - Octogan Shape with Handles and Lid - Gold Detailing
Even when she had to make someone a present of the kind called 'useful,' when she had to give an armchair or some table-silver or a walking-stick, she would choose 'antiques,' as though their long desuetude had effaced from them any semblance of utility and fitted them rather to instruct us in the lives of the men of other days than to serve the common requirements of our own. Marcel Proust
Tumbling through time from another era, making the journey all the sweeter, this large antique sugar bowl is a marvel in size and style. Unmarked as to maker or manufacturer, we can only guess at its appropriate age (possibly late 1800's/early 1900's) but those exactitudes do not matter as much. This darling doesn't need such details to tell a story of something old. You can see it in its shape (octogan), its aged trim (gold) and its heavy constitution (ironstone) and know immediately that it has been out and about in the world for quite some time.
Reminiscent of the historic Johnson Brother's Heritage pattern, its unique shape looks a bit nautical, like a squat lighthouse, and the decorative lid adds a sense of classic elegance to its overall design. Thanks to it's size (like a small canister) it offers a great deal more potential then simple use as a sugar bowl. With faded gold trim highlighting the handles, base, lid and collar it carries such the right amount of faded patina to give a sense of provenance to your existing dishware collection.
- Two piece set includes base and removable lid
- Large size
- Wonderful aged patina
In gorgeous antique condition. The gold trim is faded in many areas. It looks as if the very top button of the lid broke off at some point but very expertly reattached so that it is strong and sturdy and fully functional without worry that it will break off again. There are no other cracks or chips but some light crazing around the lid and lip of the bowl. There are some random small, light stain spots in the interior of the bowl and along the exterior sides. Please see photos.
Measures 7" inches (height - base to top of lid). The opening measures 3.35" inches in diameter. The base measures 5.15" inches x 5.15"inches.
In addition to use as a sugar bowl, this antique beauty would make a great storage container for coffee or tea, candy, sweet treats even pet treats! Remove the lid and use the base as a vase for flowers or a holder for flatware at your next party and you'll have a unique story tell right along with your unique tablescape. Other possibilities include use as a covered dish for jams, jellies, sauces and relishes for the holiday table. In other words, this antique serving piece is a wonderful helper in the kitchen in a myriad of ways and is ready for whatever tasks you might dream up:)