Sugar Bowl with Lid from a Twelve Piece Tea Service
On View: Decorative Art, Schenck Gallery, 4th Floor
Proudly embossed in gold with the family name, this tea set belonged to descendants of Pietro Cesare Alberti (1605–1655), one of the first Italian immigrants to New Netherlands. (“Alberti” was Anglicized to “Burtis” in the eighteenth century.) With a land grant from the Dutch West India Company, he ran a tobacco plantation along the Wallabout Bay (now the site of the Brooklyn Navy Yard). Subsequent generations remained in Brooklyn, including Abraham Burtis, who lived on High Street at the time that this tea service was made.
bowl: 5 1/4 x 6 x 4 in. (13.3 x 15.2 x 10.2 cm)
lid: 3 x 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 in. (7.6 x 8.9 x 8.9 cm) (show scale)
Gift of the Family of Paul E. Burtis
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Sugar Bowl with Lid from a Twelve Piece Tea Service, Patented 1853. Porcelain, bowl: 5 1/4 x 6 x 4 in. (13.3 x 15.2 x 10.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Family of Paul E. Burtis, 1993.109.11a-b. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1993.109.11a-b_PS2.jpg)
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